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Between a rock and a hard place
The government also said it would wait two years
to buy land for a future rail corridor to Aldinga, saving
almost $13 million.
But it wasn't all gloom for
The government announced an extra $110
million toward separating freight and commuter lines
at Goodwood -- a project that attracted more than
$200 million in Commonwealth funding in this year's
Snelling says the project will be vital to driving up
ef ciencies in the delivery of heavy freight.
A total of $192 million was also committed to roll
out three electronic healthcare systems that boost
storage systems for test results, improve imaging for
scans and x-rays, and deliver better patient access to
The government will commit $75 million to build
supported care accommodation for the disabled,
including $13.5 million to close down the 40-year-
old Strathmont Centre.
Overall, the state's infrastructure program will see
investments of $10.8 billion over the next four years,
with some $2.9 billion of work slated for the scal
year to June 2013.
Among the big-ticket items are the $1.88 billion
Adelaide desalination plant, the $535 million
redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval -- a key part
of the development of the Riverbank precinct -- and
the new Sustainable Industries Education Centre
at Tonsley, the former site of the Mitsubishi auto
'The government is funding record levels
of infrastructure investment to build for future
generations,' Snelling says.
Spending on transport and infrastructure,
including work on the Adelaide Oval, will climb to
$1.3 billion, while a health spend of $4.9 billion is
also slated for 2012--13, up 5.6 per cent on last year.
The 800-bed New Royal Adelaide Hospital will
comprise a large slice of that spending. The hospital,
combined with the South Australian Health and
Medical Research Institute, is slated to be the hub of
medical research in the state.
The project sits at the heart of the state
government's ambition to create an 'arc of
development', as Weatherill describes it, along the
city's Riverbank precinct.
The hospital and research centre will concentrate
7000 clinical and medical research jobs in the city
Baulderstone is spearheading the $535 million
redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval, which got
underway in March 2012. The staged redevelopment
is slated to wrap up in March 2014.
Deloitte's DiMonte says the decision to press
ahead with its infrastructure program underlines the
importance of infrastructure spending to underpin
'The government recognised there needs to be a
balanced approach,' DiMonte says.
'It's not all about austerity.'
Olympic hopes dashed...
Minerals remain a bright spot for South Australia,
but the lustre is coming off. The state could only boast
four mining projects at the turn of the 21st century.
Now it has 20, with another 25 considered to be in
the advanced stages of planning, but unfortunately,
the proposed $27 billion expansion of BHP's
Olympic Dam site has now been mothballed -- with
some analysts warning that this may put doubts into
other planned projects.
Olympic Dam accounted for just under half of
the $65 billion of resource-related projects in the
pipeline in South Australia. University of South
Australia Professor Richard Blandy says the Olympic
Dam expansion would have boosted economic
growth by some four per cent per year, with activity
at the mine projected to account for about 10 per
cent of the state's gross product.
BELOW: The existing
Olympic Dam site
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