The Coalition Government is investing a record $50 billion in Australia’s land infrastructure – to improve road and rail links, build dams and pipelines and support economic growth.
The Roads to Recovery funding for local roads has been increased by 83%, to $3.2 billion over the next four years and $500 million has been allocated to fix road black spots, along with $300 million for the Bridges Renewal Programme. As well as $248 million for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme for road upgrades on key freight routes to make them safer and boost productivity; the Coalition’s commitment to the Inland Rail will transform freight movements through Victoria, NSW and South East Queensland and stimulate growth and prosperity in these regions.
As well, Infrastructure Australia has delivered the first ever 15 Year National Infrastructure Plan.
New South Wales
- Four lane divided road from near Newcastle to Queensland, with crashes reduced and travel times cut by up to 2.5 hours.
- 16,500 direct and indirect jobs.
Murray Basin Rail
- Upgrading over 1000 km of rail line to provide an alternative to road freight.
- 276 jobs.
Great Ocean Road
- Strengthening bridges and upgrading pavement, guardrails, cliff and land slip sites.
Urban Congestion and Regional Roads Packages
- A number of projects that will relieve congestion in urban areas.
- Upgrading rural and regional road infrastructure in Victoria.
Princes Highway West
- Duplication to help bring regional communities together and link key industries to markets.
- Upgrades to improve safety, congestion and flood immunity.
- Reducing travel times for motorists and freight – including a range of safety packages and overtaking lane projects, the duplication of the Boundary Road interchange and the upgrade at Yellow Gin Creek south of Ayr.
Gateway Motorway North
- Widening from 4 to 6 lanes, improving access and better connecting the Bruce Highway, Northern Brisbane and the Port of Brisbane.
- 1,000 jobs.
Toowoomba Range Crossing
- Cutting travel times and removing traffic from Toowoomba Town Centre.
- 1,800 jobs.
- A new 40km highway to improve freight and save travel times through the Swan Valley.
Perth Freight Link
- Providing a direct, free-flowing connection to the Port of Fremantle.
- 2,400 jobs.
North South Corridor and Northern Connector project
- Better connecting Adelaide’s port, airport and freight terminals.
- The construction of a new 15.5 kilometre road linking the Northern Expressway to the northern end of the South Road Superway.
- 1,330 jobs.
Midland Highway Upgrade
- Upgrade between Hobart and Launceston, to improve safety and freight delivery.
- 234 jobs.
Tiger Brennan Drive
- Duplication to improve safety and congestion.
- 120 direct jobs; 30 for Indigenous Australians.
Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
- Unlocking the economic potential of the North through $5 billion in concessional loans that will deliver major economic infrastructure.
Northern Australia Roads
- Priority road projects in key strategic corridors in Northern Australia plus targeted upgrades to key roads necessary for transporting cattle and improving cattle supply chains in Northern Australia.
National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility
The Coalition Government will make available $2 billion over 10 years for loans to the state and territory governments under a new National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility.
The loan facility will be available from 2016-17 to enhance the capital available for water infrastructure projects, stimulating and accelerating investments in water infrastructure in regional areas by the states.
This will include the construction of new dams, pipelines and managed aquifer recharge projects that are economically viable and will generate affordable water to grow regional economies. Access to affordable water will be a key influence over the extent to which Australia’s farm and food sectors can realise export growth opportunities and meet growing demand from population growth.
This compliments the $500 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund to plan for and build the water infrastructure, including new dams and pipelines, needed to secure growth in agricultural production and regional communities.
National Stronger Regions Programme
The $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund is supporting 162 job creating infrastructure projects in regional and disadvantaged communities across Australia.
Connecting regions to the National Broadband Network
We have put the NBN back on track to deliver high-speed broadband to all Australian homes and businesses by 2020.
In September 2013, fewer than three percent of Australian premises could obtain a service on the NBN.
Today over two million homes and businesses can access the NBN and there are more than 900,000 active users.
By completion, every user will have broadband speeds 4 to 10 times faster than today’s average.
Our plan is the fastest and most affordable way to deliver better broadband to all Australians by 2020.
Under Labor, the NBN was the most poorly managed infrastructure project in Australia’s history.
Labor spent $6 billion in 4 years to connect just 51,000 users to the built network.
We are connecting more than 50,000 homes a month, compared to 51,000 in total under Labor.
The most recent nbn Corporate Plan estimates that reverting to Labor’s all-fibre plan would require peak funding of between $74 billion and $84 billion, and the rollout could not be completed until at least 2026 and possibly as late as 2028. The Coalition’s nbn plan requires peak funding of approximately $49 billion and will be finished by 2020.
Fixing mobile black spots
Fixing mobile black spots In round one of the Mobile Black Spots Programme $100 million was provided to build or upgrade 499 mobile phone base stations which will improve the mobile phone coverage in 3000 mobile black spots. An additional $60 million will see more mobile black spots fixed under round two of the programme.