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Volume 4 Number 1
The Hon Warren Truss MP
major road and highway projects. The rst step in
achieving this is to provide certainty of funding for
our critical infrastructure projects, which include:
• $6.7 billion upgrade of the Bruce Highway
• $5.6 billion to nish the duplication of the Paci c
Highway up to the Queensland border
• $1.5 billion for the WestConnex project in Sydney
• $1.5 billion for the East West Link in Melbourne
• $1 billion to continue the Gateway Motorway
North upgrade in Brisbane
• $700 million for the Toowoomba Second Range
• $686 million to nish the Gateway WA Project
• $615 million to build the Swan Valley Bypass on
the Perth to Darwin Highway
• $500 million for the upgrade of South Road in
• $405 million for the M1--M2 Link project
• $400 million to continue the Midland Highway
upgrade in Tasmania.
Importantly, we have also committed $300
million to nalise plans, engineering design and
environmental assessments for the iconic Melbourne
to Brisbane Inland Rail project.
When completed, this new freight corridor will
link Brisbane to Melbourne through central-west
New South Wales.
This important initiative will support the national
freight task so that industry can readily move freight
across and between port, rail and road networks, and
onwards to customers both here and abroad.
It will also open up opportunities in regional
communities along the route.
It is true that freight movements in Australia will
double over the next 20 years, and treble along the
Knowing that this challenge awaits us requires
meticulous planning and investment now, including
new ways of attracting investment to make it happen.
It requires planning across all modes to make the
most of the ef ciencies and advantages each mode
offers, and that includes freeing up capacity on
Australia's metropolitan rail networks.
To do this requires the separation of freight
and passenger traf c and establishing dedicated
metropolitan rail freight networks.
Planning approval is in place to reclaim
approximately 42ha of land in the Outer Harbour
which will proceed dependent on customer needs
and demand for port development. Cement Australia
is the ﬁrst tennant to take up 8ha of this site and
have commenced construction of a grinding facility.
In May 2013, NSW Ports signed a 99 year lease
for Port Botany, Port Kembla, the Intermodal
Logistics Centre (ILC) at Enﬁeld and the Cooks
River Intermodal Terminal. These are all essential
infrastructure assets which serve as import and
export gateways to New South Wales.
The $1Billion Port expansion will enable Port
Botany to handle the estimated growth in Australia's
largest economy for the next twenty plus years.
With over 100,000m2 of warehouse space and rail
connections to both Port Botany and interstate, the
Enﬁeld ILC will assist the ever growing import and
export intermodal needs of Sydney.
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