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Balancing act key to Queensland's infrastructure investment
and that sections of our city network were in urgent
need of attention,' Emerson says.
Meanwhile, pressure is also building on Brisbane's
roads. Brisbane City Council has already completed
stage one of an upgrade to Kingsford Smith Drive --
a major road linking Brisbane CBD to the Brisbane
Airport, Port of Brisbane, Northshore Hamilton and
the Australia TradeCoast area -- in order to reduce
traf c congestion and improve safety. Options for the
next stages are currently under review.
'Restoring con dence in the public transport
network is fundamental to easing congestion in
Queensland's major cities,' adds Emerson.
The government has also said it is committed
to making public transport more affordable by
introducing free travel after the ninth journey in any
week, and halving Translink's annual fare increases
to 7.5 per cent, though this plan was called into
question in the interim Commission of Audit.
The demands of increasing
South East Queensland is growing fast; by 2031
it is likely to be home to almost 4.5 million people.
In the words of Emerson, it's this growing
regionalisation that presents its own unique
challenges for the state's transport network.
'The great challenge with transport in our state
will also be delivering for all Queenslanders, whether
they be in Cairns, Coolangatta or Cunnamulla,' says
While it is critical that key arteries like the
Bruce Highway are maintained to a high standard,
infrastructure is also needed to support a sustainable
and integrated transport system. For instance,
Queensland Rail is planning to expand and improve
the rail network with projects such as the $100
million Keperra to Ferny Grove upgrade, and the
$1.15 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link.
'Returning some of the wealth created in mining
industries will also be crucial if those communities
are to grow in a sustainable manner,' says Emerson.
Harnessing the resources boom
The government is looking at ways to increase the
wealth owing from resources by using infrastructure
to boost productivity. Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier and
Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and
Planning, believes that Abbot Point is an important
strategic asset for the state and that its future expansion
could play a key role in Queensland's economic
development. He recently told State Parliament that
the planned incremental growth for Abbot Point
would increase the export capacity from around 200
million tonnes a year to 360 million tonnes.
'We will be working hard to obtain the remaining
approvals for the developments and discussing with
industry what additional capacity is needed beyond
that,' he said.
The Newman Government has also announced
two rail corridors to service new and existing coal
mines in the Galilee and Bowen Basins. An east-west
corridor will see an extension of the existing QR
National network from near Moranbah to the central
Galilee Basin, and will provide links to the coal ports
of Abbot Point, Dalrymple Bay and Dudgeon Point. A
north-south rail corridor will be de ned along the
proposed GVK-Hancock Coal alignment to facilitate
the construction of new standard-gauge rail lines to
link the proposed large-scale, vertically integrated
mining operations in the southern Galilee Basin to
Seeney told Parliament that the two corridors
were the only areas in which the state government
was likely to use its powers to compulsorily acquire
land for new rail lines.
'The government will work towards declaring
State Development Areas to de ne these two preferred
corridors, within which the government's powers
of compulsory land acquisition can be exercised to
bring about our clearly stated policy outcomes of a
ABOVE: Scott Emerson
con dence in the
easing congestion in
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