The Federal Government has partnered with state and territory governments across the country to deliver its recently announced $1.5 billion contribution towards new construction projects and road safety works in a bid to create more infrastructure jobs.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that infrastructure investment is a key factor in the country’s JobMaker plan. The government is determined to reinvigorate Australia’s economy and employment through its $1.5 billion allocation towards “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects and roadworks around Australia.
The Federal Government announced that it has partnered with the Western Australian, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT and Tasmanian governments.
“Partnering with state and territory governments to invest in more major infrastructure projects across Australia is a key part of our JobMaker plan to rebuild our economy and create more jobs,” Morrison said.
The investments aim to fast-track more infrastructure projects to encourage readily available infrastructure jobs.
In addition to its recently announced $444 million major housing package, Western Australia will receive an extra $223 million investment from the Federal and State Governments.
This investment will specifically target road infrastructure projects at the Great Eastern and Bussell Highways, Exmouth Road and Toodyay Road – along with introducing a road safety package across regional WA.
“Overall, this package is estimated to support more than 1000 jobs during construction, which is absolutely fantastic news for locals and communities across the state,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.
“By investing in critical infrastructure projects across the country, we are doing more than just supporting local jobs and businesses at this critical time. We are investing in our future beyond COVID-19 by delivering lasting infrastructure which will kick-start our economic recovery and benefit Australians for years to come.”
According to Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, $100 million of the $223 million will be put towards the Regional State Road Safety Improvement Program.
“The Road Safety Improvement Program will widen, seal or install audio-tactile line markings on more than 20 regional routes right across the state to reduce run-off-road crashes,” he said.
“These works will improve road safety, saving lives and bolstering the resilience of the state’s road networks, which is absolutely critical for our regional roads.
“The package will immediately help support economic activity and WA jobs, and is another sign of the State and Commonwealth Governments working collaboratively in the interests of Western Australians.”
The package is made up of a $176 million investment from the Commonwealth Government and a $47 million investment from the WA Government.
A joint investment of $415 million between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments has been provided for state infrastructure works.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the works will focus on projects available to start immediately, including upgrades to the Burke and Gregory Developmental roads.
“Investing in lasting infrastructure projects now will also benefit Queenslanders in the years to come, strengthening our economy in the long run,” she said. “Shovel-ready upgrades we’re investing in include the Burke and Gregory Developmental roads as well as smaller works right across the regional network to improve safety, accessibility and flood immunity.”
Other infrastructure projects include repairs for projects such as Queensland’s Gateway Motorway Flyover.
According to Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey, the infrastructure package will deliver 700 Queensland jobs.
“We have started delivering a plan to ‘Unite and Recover’ for Queensland jobs, so this funding will provide some much needed certainty for Queensland businesses and contractors,” he said.
Under the new package, the Commonwealth Government has contributed $324.3 million, with the Queensland Government pledging $90.3 million.
“This funding injection means we have brought forward or provided additional funding of nearly $1.9 billion to Queensland in the past eight months,” Prime Minister Morrison said.
The Federal Government has provided $115.6 billion and the South Australian Government $28.9 million to boost the state’s economy in its recovery from COVID-19.
The $145 million infrastructure support package will include a $52 million investment in the Regional Road Network Package, to provide improved road safety that will benefit South Australia’s freight industry and regional communities.
A further $12 million will drive a capacity boost for the North-South Freight Route that bypasses Adelaide, providing upgrades between Murray Bridge and the Sturt Highway.
“In all, this package will support more than 200 jobs during construction, which is good news for locals and communities across South Australia,” Deputy Prime Minister McCormack said.
A $53 million infrastructure investment will be provided by the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments to support local jobs and businesses.
A total of $34.6 million will be provided to road safety improvement works across the state, Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.
“This funding will deliver critical safety works along three of the Territory’s busiest highways – the Stuart, Barkly and Victoria Highways – including sealing shoulders and improving or installing guardrails, truck stops and audio-tactile line markings to reduce crashes,” he said.
“We will also be widening and sealing shoulders at critical points along Litchfield Park Road. This is a particularly popular tourist route, so completing these works now will ensure the road is safer when tourism bounces back in the Territory.”
The Australian Capital Territory will also receive an infrastructure and road safety works funding boost, with the Territory and Federal Government pledging $35 million in an effort to provide jobs and inject more money into the economy.
“This package builds on the fast tracking of $30 million in Monaro Highway funding which we announced last November, locking in upgrades that will increase productivity, improve safety, and boost jobs at a time we need it most,” Prime Minister Morrison said.
The Commonwealth and ACT Governments will each invest $17.6 million in the package.
“This jointly funded package is about bringing forward a pipeline of transport infrastructure projects across the Territory that will create jobs over the next year of the recovery,” ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said.
Tasmania will receive $46 million under the package, with improved road connections expected with the new works.
“Many of the projects are due to start later this year, creating jobs and boosting the Tasmanian economy once COVID-19 has passed,” Tasmania Premier Peter Gutwein said. “This initiative complements Tasmania’s job-creating ‘Construction Blitz’ plan to stimulate the economy and support thousands of jobs across the state.”
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge highlighted upgrades to the state’s Huon Highway and Sandfly Road junction.
“Working with the Tasmanian Government, we are developing heavy vehicle rest areas, installing roadside barriers and upgrading the Huon Highway and Sandfly Road junctions,” Tudge said.
“Roads are vital for keeping population centres connected in Tasmania, and this funding package will improve reliability of the network and make sure more people get home sooner and safer.”
The upgrades in Tasmania will also see improved school safety, with electronic signs and pedestrian underpasses in school zones across Tasmania.