Home' Future Building: The Australian Infrastructure Review : July 2011 Contents Queensland’s master plan:
Bligh says new projects
will dovetail with rebuilding
By Tony Featherstone
Volume 2 Number 1
In recent times,
Queensland has seen
a lot of cloud and not
much silver lining.
Huge demands on
the state budget, a
difficult but important
asset sales program,
and then – just as
things appeared to
get back on an even
keel – Queensland’s
south was devastated
by floods, as the far
north was hammered
by Cyclone Yasi.
With the damage bill estimated to top $5.8
billion, questions are being raised about how
reconstruction will affect the timing and status
of other badly needed Queensland infrastructure
projects, such as the Cross River Rail, the Eastern
Busway, upgrades to the Pacific, Bruce and
Warrego highways, and the Toowoomba Second
And, just as importantly, how will these
projects be funded in light of an already staggering
In this interview with Future Building’s Tony
Featherstone, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh
remains optimistic about the future of infrastructure
development – but realistic about the challenges.
Following is an edited transcript of the
Queensland Premier’s interview.
THIS PAge: Coal is
Queensland’s largest export
infrastructure took a
battering from Cyclone Yasi.
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