What are the largest infrastructure projects in Australia?

  1. WestConnex (NSW), $16 Billion
  2. Sydney Metro (NSW), $12 Billion
  3. Melbourne Metro Tunnel (VIC), $11 Billion
  4. Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail (National), $9.3 Billion
  5. Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (QLD), $8.5 Billion
  6. West Gate Tunnel (VIC), $6.8 Billion
  7. Cross River Rail (QLD), $5.4 Billion
  8. Western Sydney Airport (NSW), $5.3 Billion
  9. Melbourne Airport Rail Link (VIC), $5 Billion
  10. Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (NSW), $2.9 Billion
  11. M80 Ring Road Upgrade (VIC), $2.25 Billion
  12. METRONET (WA), $1.84 Billion

If you want to know who Australia's largest construction companies are, check out our list of Australia's Largest Construction Companies.

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Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail: $9.3 Billion

The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail is being flagged by the Government as a strategic investment that will;

  • Create a new direct rail freight link through eastern Australia
  • Connect farms, mines, cities, ports to global markets
  • Boost the economies of our regions and our nation as a whole
  • Deliver a freight network that will serve Australia for the next century

Currently, the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail has been divided into 13 projects across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

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Map of the route the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail will take


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Outback Way: $160 Million

The 2,800 kilometre Outback Way links Laverton in Western Australia with Winton in Queensland via Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. In the Federal Budget, the government has committed a further $160 million to seal and widen sections of Outback Way

The Federal Government is currently working with State Governments to identify the highest priority sections for upgrade. Read more here:

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Western Sydney Airport: $5.3 Billion

Located at Badgerys Creek in Western Sydney, the Western Sydney Airport is one of Australia's largest infrastructure projects. The airport is due to open in 2026 and is expected to support 28,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2031.

Most recently, WSA Co (the airports owners) announced the request for tender for the early earthworks package on the project. The early earthworks package will include the movement of more than 1.8 million cubic metres of earth on the site. There has been strong local interest in the package according to the Federal Government, so far more than 12 companies have been invited to tender for the project.

Below is a render of the Western Sydney Airport put together by the Daily Telegraph

Currently, the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail has been divided into 13 projects across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.


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WestConnex: $16 Billion

The $16 billion WestConnex project is almost halfway done. This mega project is aiming to support Sydney's booming population. WestConnex will better connect Western Sydney to better employment hubs in the city along with creating 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Furthermore, it is expected that WestConnex will reduce the $6 billion annual cost of congestion in Sydney. So far WestConnex has;

  • Widened the M5 between Parramatta and Homebush, Allowing commuters to bypass 28 sets of traffic lights
  • Created new access points to the new M4 between Parramatta and Homebush
  • Lengthened the on and off ramps at the King Georges Road M5 Interchange

As part of the project WestConnex will also;

  • Extend the M4 twin underground tunnels
  • Along the M5 East Corridor the project will double road capacity with new M5 underground tunnels between St
  • Peters and Kingsgrove
  • Join the underground M4 and M5 tunnels together
  • Provide a western bypass of the Sydney CBD
  • Provide connections of the future Western Harbour Tunnel, BeachesLink, F6 extension and the major international 
  • gateways at Sydney Airport and Port Botany.

 

 

Sydney Metro: $12 Billion

The $12 Billion Sydney Metro mega project (formerly known as the North West Rail Link) is Australia's largest public transport project. Overall, the Sydney Metro project will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail. The Sydney Metro has been split into two stages.

Stage 1: Sydney Metro Northwest

The first stage of the Sydney Metro is a 36 kilometre underground rail network. Stage one will open in the first half of 2019 with a metro train arriving every four minutes during peak periods. Along with the rail infrastructure, the project also includes the construction of eight new metro stations, five upgraded stations and 4,000 commuter car spaces.

Stage 2: Sydney Metro City and Southwest

The second stage of the Sydney Metro will be a 30 kilometre extension of metro rail from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest to Chatswood under Sydney Harbour, through the new CBD stations and south west to Bankstown.


Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan

Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan: $2.9 Billion

The government has committed $2.9 billion over ten years to major infrastructure projects that will aim to boost the regions economy. The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan includes a major road and transport initiatives for the region, these include;

  • Upgrade the Northern Road so it has a minimum of four lanes between Narellan to Jamison Road
  • Construction of a new east-west motorway to the Sydney Airport between the M7 Motorway and the Northern Road
  • Upgrade of Bringelly Road to a minimum of four lanes between Northern Road and Camden Valley Way
  • Construction of Warrington Arterial Road by upgrading Kent Road and Gipps Street to four lanes between the Great Western Highway and the M4 Motorway
  • The intersection between Ross Street and the Great Western Highway will be upgraded 
  • A $200 million package for local roads upgrades

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Parramatta Light Rail: $1 Billion

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will link Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia. The light rail will connect some of Parramatta’s busiest regions, including, the Westmead Precinct, the new Western Sydney Stadium, the new Powerhouse Museum and three Western Sydney University campuses.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance made announced the news with Premier Gladys Berejiklian in Parramatta. Together they outlined plan for construction.

“There’s going to be separate construction zones,” Mr Constance said.

“It’s a big project. They won’t build for 12km in one hit … we have a challenge with the CBD and we need to just get on with it.

“We will be signing major civil works contracts at the end of the year and that’s when we’ll be able to see construction.

Mr Constance also confirmed that the government had shortlisted two contractors for the project. He announced that Spanish contractor Acciona would not be part of the project after a fallout between the New South Wales Government and Acciona over the Sydney Light Rail.


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Pacific Highway Upgrade: $971 Million

The Pacific Highway upgrade is one of Australia's largest road infrastructure projects. The Australian and New South Wales Governments have been upgrading will be completed by 2020. Below is a list of the current upgrades to the Pacific Highway and their expected completion dates;

  • Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads: The bypass of Macksville and Nambucca Heads opened to traffic in December 2017. The remaining 6 kilometres is due to open in early 2018. 
  • Woolgoolga to Ballina: The Woolgoolga to Glenugie Upgrade opened to traffic in October 2017, the remaining 129 kilometres is expected to open 

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Princes Highway Upgrade: $450 Million

Downer and Seymour Whyte have been announced as the contractors awarded the $450 million contract for the construction of New South Wales' Princes Highway Upgrade between Berry and Bomaderry.

Work on the 10.5 kilometre project is expected to begin in mid-2018, with an expected completion date flagged for late 2022.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward has spoken about the significance of this project for the community, stating "the Berry to Bomaderry Princes Highway upgrade has been in the planning for many years, so this is a great day for the community."

"It will improve journeys for locals, tourists and also freight operators by providing four lanes of new divided road between Mullers Lane at Berry and Cambewarra Road at Bomaderry.

"This highway upgrade will continue on from the highway upgrades to the north between Gerringong and Berry."

Fulton Hogan built the first stage of the project and many had tipped them to receive this contract given they already had workers on site.


Port Botany Rail Line Duplication

Port Botany Rail Line Duplication: $400 Million

Port Botany is expected to become Australia's largest container port by volume within the next 30 years. In 2015, Port Botany handled 2.29 TEU containers while in 2040 it is expected to handle 7 million TEU containers per year. Infrastructure Australia has listed the duplication of the Port Botany Line as a high priority initiative on its Infrastructure Priority List.

The duplication efforts include;

  • The construction of a new track
  • Duplication of three existing single track bridges (Robey Street, O'Riordan Street and Southern Cross Drive)

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Nowra Bridge Project: $310 Million

Planning is currently underway to construct a new four lane Princes Highway bridge over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra. The Federal Government will fund half of the projects total $310 million cost with the New South Wales Government chipping in the other $155 million. On average, around 50,000 vehicles will cross the bridge every day.

"This $155 million commitment will ease congestion and improve freight movement in the region," Malcolm Turnbull said.

"It will mean South Coast residents spend less time in the car and more time with their families."

When the new bridge is built the current concrete bridge will be reconfigured and used for all southbound traffic. The original bridge, built in 1881, will be preserved for community use.

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Melbourne Metro Tunnel: $11 Billion

Melbourne's busiest train lines will now pass through a new tunnel under the city.  The Melbourne Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east.

Construction of the Metro Tunnel includes;

  • Twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels from the west of the city to the south-east as part of a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line
  • New underground stations at Arden, Parkville, Domain and two new CBD stations directly connected to the City Loop at Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations
  • Train/tram interchange at Domain
  • High capacity signalling to maximise the efficiency of the new fleet of High Capacity Metro Trains

It is expected that the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project will be completed by 2025.

West Gate Tunnel: $6.8 Billion

Construction began on the $6.8 billion West Gate Tunnel in January 2018. Whitehall Street in Footscray has seen workers erect a site and begin clearing and excavating the land at what will become the northern portal of the West Gate Tunnel, which will link the West Gate Freeway in Yarraville to the CityLink in Docklands.

At the Whitehall Street site, workers will dig down more than seven storeys, which will act as the launching site for the project's two 90 metre long, $50 million tunnel boring machines.

These TBM's are expected to launch in 2019, from then they will tunnel 24 hours a day (moving 9 metres per day) travelling towards the West Gate Freeway.

The project will be delivered by Translink who are also contributing $4 billion in funding for the project. This will be in exchange for extending the CityLink Concession Deed for 10 years to 2045.

A secondary site will also be established at Somerville Road later in the year.

At its peak, it is expected that more than 500 construction workers will be employed on the West Gate Tunnel project.

Melbourne Airport Rail Link: $5 Billion

The Federal Government has committed $5 Billion to Melbourne's Airport Rail Link, which will connect Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine to Melbourne's CBD.

In a statement from the Federal Government, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke about the need for this project, which people have been waiting for for 50 years.

"Everybody in Melbourne uses this airport and this will make it possible to get to this airport by train," Mr Turnbull said.

"The Tullamarine freeway is getting more and more congested. Too many Melburnians and visitors spend too many hours stuck trying to get to and from this airport," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack also spoke about the need for this project.

"This particular land space that Tullamarine is on is twice as big as Heathrow. We need a vision for the future to make sure that the 34 million passengers using the airport this year, which is going to expand to 60 million and perhaps double in the next 20 years, have a link to the CBD that they so desperately need," Mr McCormack said.

"This is going to ease congestion. This is going to create jobs. This is an investment for the here and now, but certainly, an investment for the future."

"It is one of the capital cities of the world as far as sporting and culture are concerned and people love coming to Melbourne and they are going to be loving coming to this airport and then being able to go to the city on this airport link in the future," he said.


 

 

M80 Ring Road Upgrade: $2.25 Billion

Works are currently underway on the $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road project which will see upgrades from the Princes Freeway to Greensborough Highway.

The upgrades will increase the freeway's capacity and improve safety. The project will be completed in seven sections, three of which have already been completed. The project has an expected completion date of 2021.

Below is a breakdown of the status of each individual section of the project.\

Sections yet to begin

  • Princes Freeway to Western Highway ($345.1 million);
  • Sydney Road to Edgars Road ($233.7 million); and
  • Plenty road to Greensborough Highway ($134.8 million).

Sections already completed or under construction;

  • Western Highway to Sunshine Avenue (completed);
  • Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway (under construction);
  • Calder Freeway to Sydney Road (completed); and
  • Edgars Road to Plenty Road (completed).

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North East Link Road: $1.75 Billion

The North East Link Road project is aiming to fix the congestion between Melbourne's north and south-east. The project is anticipated to cut travel times by up to 30 minutes and take 15,000 trucks off local streets.

The North East Link project will deliver;

  • Victoria's longest road tunnels: three twin-lane tunnels travelling for 5 kilometres beneath Bulleen Road
  • Interchanges at Bulleen Road, Manningham Road, Lower Plenty Road, Grimshaw Street and the M80 Ring Road.

The North East Link project will also see upgrades to the Eastern Freeway, these upgrades include;

  • New lanes to increase capacity
  • Express lanes to separate traffic making long trips from traffic getting on and off and reduce merging and weaving that causes congestion
  • Dedicated lanes for vehicles making short trips

The Doncaster Busway will also be receiving an upgrade as part of the North East Link project. This will see the construction of Melbourne's first, dedicated high speed busway, which will provide separate lanes for buses from Doncaster Park to the City.


Monash Rail Upgrade

Monash Rail Upgrade: $475 Million

The Federal Government has committed to funding a rail project connecting Monash Universities' Caulfield and Clayton campuses. The $475 million project will significantly enhance travel options for the tens of thousands of staff and students who travel to Monash each day.

The project is aiming to support one of Victoria's largest employment hubs, the Monash Precinct is the largest employment hub outside of Melbourne's CBD.

Monash President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner, has spoken about the importance of this rail line.

"Our Clayton campus can attract more than 53,000 people daily, the equivalent population of a major regional city. Fast efficient public transport links will reduce road congestion and deliver benefits to the wider innovation precinct," Professor Gardner stated. 

"Reducing car use is core to Monash University's sustainability effort. We know that many who drive to campus would use public transport if more convenient options were available.


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Frankston to Baxter Line: $225 Million

The Frankston to Baxter Rail Line will receive $225 million in funding from the Federal Government for the duplication and electrification of the line. Currently, commuters have to board a diesel train at Frankston to get to Baxter, along with this there is only one rail line.

A business case for the upgrade is currently being developed and works will begin as soon as it is completed. The business case will also plan and cost an extension of the line to a new Frankston Hospital station.

It is expected that this project will create almost 4,000 jobs which will be a significant boost to the local economy, a topic Frankston Mayor Colin Hampton spoke about.

"This $225 million is extremely welcome and will get the Frankston line on track to future-proof our region," he said.

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Bruce Highway Upgrade Program: $8.5 Billion

According to Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is the largest road infrastructure program that Queensland has ever seen. The decade long program will improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns. The $8.5 billion program will receive $6.7 billion from the Australian Government with another $1.8 billion being contributed by the Queensland Government.

The Bruce Highway runs over 1,677 kilometres from Brisbane to Cairns and is Queensland’s most significant highway. Traffic levels on the Bruce Highway range from 4,000 to 145,000 vehicles each day.

With the program now in its fifth year over 240 projects have been completed. 108 projects are currently in the design phase or under construction and another 31 projects are in the planning phase. More projects will also be added to the programs scope of works. 

Click here for an overview of every project

 

 

Cross River Rail: $5.4 Billion

The shortlist for the Cross River Rail was initially scheduled to be announced in May 2017. However, according to acting Queensland Premier Jackie Trad, the process was delayed due to a conflict with the Federal Government regarding the projects funding.

"If this process had occurred in May last year it would have occurred before there was money for the project," Jackie Trad said.

89 companies initially registered expressions of interest to build the Cross River Rail. The shortlisted companies are vying for the projects' two major works packages, which are; The Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership and the Rail, Integration and Systems Alliance

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CIMIC Group, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, UGL, BAM, Ghella and DIF

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QIC, Capella Capital, Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues

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Plenary Group, ACCIONA, GS Engineering & Construction, Salini Impregilo and Spotless Group

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M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade: $1.8 Billion

After a prolonged, public argument between the Queensland Government and Federal Government, the parties have agreed to a 50-50 split to fund the M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade project. After years of pressure, Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed to putting up $897 million in funding for the upgrade of the Pacific Motorway.

Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke about the decision to match the Federal Government’s funding.

“The Palaszczuk Government will invest $487.5 million, half of the total cost, between 2018 and 2022, ensuring work can start as soon as possible.”

“We know just how important these upgrades are to Queenslanders and we cannot wait any longer for this vital infrastructure work to begin.”

“The M1 is the busiest road in our state. It takes hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders to work, to school, to our incredible beaches, shops and nightlife every single day.”

Currently, there are between 50,000 and 155,000 vehicles per day using the M1 Pacific Motorway.

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Brisbane Metro: $977 Million

In March 2018, Brisbane Metro was identified as a High Priority Project on the nation's Infrastructure Priority List (the list governments use to guide future infrastructure investments). Currently, the Brisbane Metro is the only public transport project in Queensland listed as High Priority.

Brisbane Metro runs across 21 kilometres of existing busway by using speciality metro vehicles that can run alongside buses. Each vehicle will have a 150 person capacity.

The project will feature two new, high frequency, high capacity metro lines;

  • Metro 1 - Eight Mile Plains busway station to Roma Street busway station
  • Metro 2 - RBWH busway station to UQ Lakes busway station

A new underground station will be constructed at the Cultural Centre.

Brisbane Metro will deliver;

  • High-frequency services every three minutes in peak periods on weekdays, with a metro every 90 seconds between Roma Street and Mater Hill busway stations
  • High-frequency services every five minutes on weekdays between the peak periods, providing a high level of convenience and reliability for passengers throughout the day
  • A 21 kilometre dedicated route servicing 18 stations
  • Upgrades to 17 existing stations, including ticketing improvements to speed up boarding
  • Interchange opportunities at 11 locations

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Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade: $780 Million

In the most recent Federal Budget, the Federal Government announced $390 million in funding for the Sunshine Rail Link. Though the project still hangs in the balance with the Queensland Government asking the Federal Government to fund 80 percent of the project. 

The Queensland Government is asking the Federal Government to fund 80 percent of the project given they are not receiving any federal funding for the Cross River Rail project. 

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack spoke about the significance of this project.

"It’s a fantastic project not only for Queensland but for the nation."

"This is a great project because it's going to create 600 jobs in the construction."

Glasshouse MP Andrew Powell has also spoken about the significance of the project for the region.

"The 40-kilometre rail line between Beerburrum and Nambour is more than a century old, which limits rail services and causes considerable delays for the Sunshine Coast's 330,000 residents," he said.

Smithfield Bypass

The Smithfield Bypass: $152 Million

The Queensland Government has awarded a design and construction contract for the Smithfield Bypass. The contract has been awarded to a joint venture between Highway Construction and Albem Operations.

Below is an overview of what the project will deliver;

  • bypass route continuity between the Captain Cook Highway (CCH) at Yorkeys Knob Road Roundabout and McGregor Road Roundabout
  • upgrading of the existing Yorkeys Knob roundabout with a 4-legged signalised intersection to cater for the addition of the bypass route traffic
  • northbound left-off only exit ramp from the bypass route at Cattana Road
  • Upgrading of the Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) roundabout with a signalised double right turn from CCH onto CWAR
  • exit and entry ramp to the proposed future designated road at the northern end of the bypass route connecting to McGregor Road.
  • 2 lane bi-directional overpass at McGregor Road roundabout.
  • wide centre line treatment for improved safety
  • an off-road cycle path.

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METRONET: $1.84 Billion

METRONET is Perth’s most ambitious program of rail projects. Stage One of METRONET will deliver an expected 72 kilometres of new passenger rail and up to 18 new stations.

  • Stage One of METRONET includes the following;
  • Completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link
  • Extending the Joondalup Line to Yanchep
  • Linking Thornlie and Cockburn Central stations
  • Planning and building the new Morley-Ellenbrook Line
  • Extending the Armadale Line to Byford
  • Relocating Midland Station and extending the Midland Lane to Bellevue
  • Building a new station at Karnup on the Mandurah Line
  • Starting a program to remove level crossings on the Armadale and Midland lines
  • Designing and manufacturing the next C-Series trains
  • Planning for alternative transport options to better connect communities


Federal funding has now reached almost $2 billion for METRONET a funding decision Malcolm Turnbull has spoken about.

“The Turnbull and McGowan governments are jointly committed to delivering the next stage of the expansion of the Perth rail network through METRONET, which aims to tackle urban congestion in Perth,”

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has also spoken about the funding.

“We successfully secured this funding from the Commonwealth to the benefit of all West Australians. Just like we secured a major deal from Federal Labor.”

“Work will start on the rail line to Ellenbrook — we are building, just like we promised.”

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Bunbury Outer Ring Road Project: $560 Million

The Bunburry Outer Ring Road project has been divided into three sections; northern, central and southern.

Below is an outline of each section;

  • The northern section is between Forrest Highway and the Boyanup Picton Road
  • The 4 km central section was completed in May 2013, and connects Boyanup Picton Road and South Western Highway south of Bunbury (near Bunbury Airport). A 3 km extension of the Bunbury Port Access Road (Willinge Drive) was built at the same time
  • The southern section is between South Western Highway and Bussell Highway

In the Federal Government’s 2018 Budget they allocated $560 million in funding to complete this project.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has spoken about the significant benefit this project represents for the area.

“The Bunbury Outer Ring Road will be a massive boon to the South West,” she said.

“This will improve road safety and travelling time for people.”

“The road will also facilitate the development of the Bunbury Port and South West industry.”

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Great Northern Highway Bindoon Bypass: $220 Million

The Great Northern Highway Bindoon Bypass is a 48 kilometre of new highway between Chittering Roadhouse and Calingiri West Road. 

Western Australia Transport Minister Bill Marmion has spoken about the project, stating “Corridor A achieves the best balance of cost, freight efficiency and social impacts - additionally it can be built with minimal disruption to the existing highway.”

“Main Roads identified safety and efficiency issues for road trains on the highway through the Bindoon townsite and on the steep grades of Bindoon Hill.”

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Adelaide North-South Corridor: $1.6 Billion

The South Australian Government and Federal Government have agreed to split the cost of the next stage of Adelaide’s North-South Corridor. Both governments will commit $177 million to deliver the next stage of the project.

The next stage of Adelaide’s North-South Corridor will upgrade the stretch of road from Regency Road to Pym Street. 

The project will connect South Rd to the Torrens to Torrens project with a 1.8 kilometre, six lane, non-stop motorway. It is expected that this project will splash the commuting time along this route by up to eight minutes.

Federal Cities Minister Paul Fletcher has spoken about this significant project, stating, 

“Delivery of this next stage will complete a continuous 47 km non-stop motorway between Gawler and the River Torrens.”

“This project will improve road safety, reduce travel times by up to eight minutes between Regency Rd to Pym St during peak periods ... and deliver 210 new jobs per annum for SA.”

Construction of this stage of the Adelaide North-South Corridor is expected to commence in 2019.

South Australia Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll also commented about the project.

“The Marshall Government will seek to work constructively with the Federal Government to deliver more funding to complete important infrastructure projects like the North-South Corridor,” he said.

“A few days after being sworn in as minister, I travelled to Canberra to begin repairing our relationship with the Federal Government that the previous Labor administration had destroyed.”

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Gawler Rail Line Electrification: $440 Million

The Gawler Rail Line Electrification project began this year with the South Australian Government choosing to fund the project. However, the Federal Government chose to match South Australia’s funding in a 50-50 split in the 2018 budget, ensuring the project gets completed.

Cities Minister Paul Fletcher spoke about the Government’s decision to fund the project, which was spurred on by a change of government in South Australia.

“The Marshall Government is bringing a new, businesslike approach to planning for the state’s infrastructure needs,” he said. “The Turnbull Government’s record infrastructure investment commitments are designed to underpin that new approach.”

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Joy Baluch Bridge Upgrade: $200 Million

The Federal Government has allocated $160 million for the duplication of the Joy Baluch Bridge. The project will be funded in an 80-20 split with the South Australian Government.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has spoken about the project.

“I have worked hard on a solution for the bridge advocating strongly with Ministers Joyce, Chester, Fletcher and McCormack,” he said.

“The Government and the Prime Minister have recognised the importance of this issue which needs a solution to improve safety for the community.

“Pedestrian safety on the bridge has been a longstanding concern and exacerbated since the closure of the Great Western Bridge where more pedestrians and cyclists were forced to use the Joy Baluch Bridge.”

“Emergency services can be sidelined if traffic is interrupted on the bridge and Yorkeys Crossing is subject to frequent closures when wet,”

“Trying to negotiate a solution has been a hard haul with the previous state government so it is refreshing now to have a new Marshall government keen to work with the federal government to find long-term answers to the tough issues.”

“The duplication of the bridge has always been the best long-term, permanent solution and I am very pleased this has now been announced.”

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Project Red Dragon: $1.45 Billion

The mega $1.45 billion Project Sea Dragon focuses on the development of advanced prawn aquaculture production facilities at Legune Station, approximately 130km northeast of Kununurra, WA.

Project Sea Dragon is anticipated to support up to 1500 jobs and bolster the Territory's growing aquaculture industry, with major infrastructure works due to begin in 2019.

According to the Northern Land Council, the first stage of Project Sea Dragon will include a new power station, a water treatment plant, three new farms with 120 ponds over 1120 hectares, a seawater channel and pump at Forsyth Creek, a freshwater channel running from a station dam, a main discharge channel for Alligator Creek, along with general accommodation buildings, offices and workshops.

Central Arnhem Road Upgrade

Central Arnhem Road Upgrade: $225 Million

The Central Arnhem Road Upgrade is a 710 kilometre road connecting Katherine via the Stuart Highway to Nhulunbuy. 

Currently, the majority of the Central Arnhem Road is unsealed. As a result of this, most of the Indigenous communities which are serviced by the Central Arnhem Road are cut off during the wet season. Furthermore, several equity issues arise because of the state of the Central Arnhem Road given Arnhem Land is home to the single largest population of Indigenous people in Australia and Nhulunbuy remains the only large regional centre in the Northern Territory not connected to the National Network via a sealed road.

However, the majority of this funding will not be made available for several years, meaning any major construction will not begin anytime soon.

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Bridgewater Bridge Replacement: $600 Million

In the 2018 Budget, the Federal Government committed $461 million to the Bridgewater Bridge Replacement in an 80-20 split with the Tasmanian State Government. This funding is part of a $920 million infrastructure package for the state.

Paul Fletcher, the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, spoke about the importance of the Bridgewater Bridge Replacement.

"Obviously it's an absolutely vital connection just to the north of Hobart and critical if you're travelling on the Midland Highway between Hobart and Launceston," he said.

"An upgrade of the Bridgewater Bridge has been talked about for a long time, the Turnbull Government is now committing funding for that."

Rail will still run over the original bridge while the new bridge will solely cater for the 18,500 cars that travel over the bridge daily. Tasmanian Liberal Senator spoke about this decision.

"This is the most effective and efficient way for us to get the replacement done," he said.

"Largely rail doesn't operate into the city anymore."

It is expected that this project will create 200 construction jobs.

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