BUDGET 2020-21: What’s in it for infrastructure?

By intouch posted 14 October 2020 19:14

  

Transport infrastructure is a central pillar of the COVID-19 recovery outlined in the 2020-21 Federal Budget, released by the government on October 6.

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The projects to receive a share of $7.5 billion in transport infrastructure funding include:

  • an additional $490.6 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass in New South Wales;
  • $528 million for upgrades to the Shepparton and Warrnambool rail lines in Victoria;
  • $750 million for Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector in Queensland;
  • an additional $80.0 million for the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network in Western Australia;
  • $136 million to progress the Main South Road Duplication in South Australia;
  • $65 million for the Tasman Bridge Upgrade in Tasmania;
  • $46.6 million for National Network Highway Upgrades in the Northern Territory; and
  • $87.5 million for the Molonglo River Bridge in the Australian Capital Territory.

Road safety emerged as another priority of the 2020-21 Federal Budget, with $2 billion allocated over 18 months to the new Road Safety Program, which aims to complete improvements to 3,000 kilometres of roads across the country.

The government has committed an additional $2 billion to new water infrastructure projects, which includes extra funding to Wyangala and Dungowan dams and the establishment of the National Water Grid Authority.

 

The Budget also directs an extra $1 billion to the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, administered by local councils.

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