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The Hon Warren Truss MP
Early works and planning are also underway on:
• the Gateway Motorway widening in Queensland
• the Midland Highway in Tasmania
• two sections of the South Road in Adelaide
• Tiger Brennan Drive in Darwin.
In addition, major regional highways are
At $6.7 billion, xing the Bruce Highway in
Queensland is the largest nancial commitment of
our $50-billion investment. The plans include more
than 60 separate projects, making it one of the largest
construction endeavours that is underway.
The duplication of the Paci c Highway within
this decade is also on track, with the Government
honouring its commitment of $5.64 billion under
an 80:20 funding split with the New South Wales
Government for the construction of the Woolgoolga
to Ballina section.
Despite years of work, just 60 per cent of the
Paci c Highway upgrade project is complete. At the
moment, we have 1700 workers on site, seven per
cent of whom are Indigenous. This is obviously a great
boost for the regional New South Wales economy.
• the $1.6-billion Toowoomba Second Range
Crossing -- the largest single road project in
regional Australia -- and upgrading the Warrego
Highway west of Toowoomba
• the Western Highway and Princes Highway
duplications in Victoria
• the Great Northern Highway and North West
Highway upgrades in Western Australia
• Australia's longest shortcut -- the Outback Way,
traversing Queensland, the Northern Territory
and Western Australia.
The importance of the Inland Rail
A priority for this Government is to develop the
capacity of freight rail to meet the forecast growth in
freight, particularly along the eastern seaboard.
The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail is the
Government's number-one rail freight project, and
one of Australia's most important and ambitious long-
It is the Government's plan to see it completed in
the next 10 years.
The Inland Rail will make rail freight costs more
competitive with road freight, and provide real
choice for transport operators.
Over the next four years, we have committed
$300 million to commence important pre-
construction works, but private sector investment in
the Inland Rail is also sought.
Our aim is to achieve the best balance of public
and private sector funds, realising that for the Inland
Rail to be attractive to the private sector, the business
case must stack up, and the service that it delivers
must meet the needs of users.
This is a key part of the work being undertaken
by the Implementation Group that was established in
2013, chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister and
long-serving transport minister John Anderson.
Any decisions on further funding will be
taken once the Government has considered the
Implementation Group's report at the end of 2014.
And while the Inland Rail is the priority freight
rail project, the 2014--15 Budget has invested
$3.6 billion in other rail projects.
The list comprises $1.6 billion in freight rail and
intermodal projects, including the Advanced Train
Management System trial, as well as intermodal
projects in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, rail
revitalisation in Tasmania, and work on improving
lines in Adelaide, and port rail connections in Sydney
Financing is a critical part of building better
infrastructure. The Government has put in place a
policy agenda to:
• target investment in productive infrastructure
• complete projects faster
• partner with state governments
• leverage more private sector investment.
A priority for this Government
is to develop the capacity of
freight rail to meet the forecast
growth in freight, particularly
along the eastern seaboard
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