QLD and SA projects added to Infrastructure Priority List
Four infrastructure projects in Queensland and South Australia have now been prioritised by Infrastructure Australia following the positive assessment of their business cases.
The independent national infrastructure advisor’s Infrastructure Priority List identifies nationally significant projects and initiatives in all states and territories, and is continually updated as the Infrastructure Australia (IA) board receives and assesses new business cases from project proponents.
"Infrastructure Australia is currently assessing a record number of business cases as Australian governments and industry embrace the need to better align project proposals with an identified infrastructure need," IA CEO Philip Davies says.
"Assessing a project for inclusion on the Infrastructure Priority List follows a rigorous process," he adds "This enables us to give decision makers the information they need to invest in the best infrastructure projects for our growing communities."
These are the four new prioritised projects, with comments by Davies:
Bruce Highway Upgrade – Queensland
(Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway)
"Upgrading the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway section of the Bruce Highway will ease congestion and improve road safety in a section of the Highway that is vital in connecting regional centres and enabling significant freight movement within and between regions."
M1 Pacific Motorway-Gateway Motorway Merge Upgrade – Queensland
"The Gateway Motorway Merge upgrade will provide additional capacity for the Pacific Motorway between Tugun and Brisbane. This is the busiest road corridor in South East Queensland which sees an average of 78,500 vehicles travelling southbound per day."
Eyre Infrastructure Project – South Australia
"The Eyre Infrastructure Project has been added to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project. The project addresses the need for additional high-capacity port and rail infrastructure on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula to enable mineral resources exports."
North-South Corridor – South Australia
(Darlington Upgrade Project)
"The Board also positively assessed the South Australian Government’s proposal to upgrade a 3.3km section of Adelaide’s North-South Corridor between South Road and the Southern Expressway, as part of a broader $2.5 billion upgrade between Gawler and Noarlunga."
Davies says the IA board’s assessment process involves looking at a project’s costs and benefits, plus its strategic fit, deliverability and economic, social and environmental impacts.
"Adding these projects to our Infrastructure Priority List as Priority Projects demonstrates that each of the projects is a sound investment that addresses an issue of national significance," he adds.
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