Infrastructure Australia reshapes priority lists

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Infrastructure Australia has revised the way it defines its annual Priority List while also adding a new project as part of a midyear update.

Infrastructure Australia reshapes priority lists
Addressing traffic congestion between Seaforth and Mona Vale in Sydney’s northern beaches is a new addition to Infrastructure Australia's list

 

Infrastructure Australia has revised the way it defines its annual Priority List while also adding a new project as part of a midyear update.

Instead of ‘projects’ and ‘initiatives’ that were defined as either ‘priority’ or ‘high priority’, everything on the list will instead be defined by which stage of its lifecycle it is at, from concept to completion.

"This will enable decisions based on factors such as timeframe, location, sector and category of the problem or opportunity," Infrastructure Australia says.

An addition to the 2021 list, which was initially released in February, is a proposal to address traffic congestion between Seaforth and Mona Vale in Sydney’s northern beaches.

This proposal is a Stage 1, meaning it is at the earliest stage possible, and will require council planning and proposal submission before any potential works and economic benefit to the civil construction industry can be realised.

Infrastructure Australia is the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor and its recommendations are used to shape government planning and spending.

CEO Romilly Madew says these infrastructure proposals will play an important role in Australia’s recovery from COVID-19.

"The Infrastructure Priority List provides evidence-based advice to support an informed discussion about Australia’s investment priorities," she says.

"It is a resource for governments as they look to respond to shocks and stresses such as the pandemic, natural disasters and security threats, but it also takes a forward-looking view to ensure we prioritise the right infrastructure investments, at the right time."

Infrastructure Australia’s Priority Lists are released annually however this is only the second time, after 2020, that a midyear update has been added.

The previously-released 2021 list had identified six ‘high priority projects’ prior to the rewording.

These were a new motorway and airport in Western Sydney, the next stage of Sydney’s Metro, the North East Link and an upgrade to the M80 Ring Road in Melbourne and the development of Brisbane’s Metro network.

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