Paving the way to prosperity
Delivering the Infrastructure Growth Package
The Government is continuing to deliver the vital infrastructure that Australia needs and has seen work start on 19 new major projects in 2014. Another 55 will start construction in 2015.
Major work has commenced on the $3 billion NorthConnex project. It is expected to create 8,700 jobs for New South Wales. It is the second missing link to be started by this Government, after the M5 West widening which was completed in December 2014.
Early works on WestConnex also commenced this year. This project is expected to deliver $20 billion in economic benefits and create around 10,000 jobs.
The Commonwealth Government remains committed to improving Melbourne’s connectivity, including an ongoing commitment to provide $3 billion in funding for any Victorian Government that builds the East West Link.
Numerous major projects in Queensland are being delivered on schedule, including the Bruce Highway, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Gateway Motorway North.
Early works started on the Torrens Road to River Torrens project in South Australia in 2014 and major works begin in 2015. The North-South Road Corridor will receive close to $1 billion of funding.
Construction of the $1 billion Gateway WA Project is expected to be completed by mid 2016. The Perth Freight Link will commence construction in early 2016. In the Budget, a further $499 million was provided for road infrastructure in WA following a GST revenue shortfall.
In the Northern Territory, the Government has constructed the first section of the $103 million Tiger Brennan Drive duplication.
Work on the Midland Highway in Tasmania is continuing, with an additional five safety projects to be completed by May 2015.
Over 70 bridges will be upgraded under tranche 1 of the Bridges Renewal Programme and 95 new projects under the Black Spot Programme in 2015‑16.