Our Plan

Issue 10

Building Australia's Infrastructure

The Turnbull Government is investing a record $50 billion in Australia’s land transport infrastructure – to improve road and rail links, reduce travel times and support economic growth.

Roads to Recovery funding for local roads has been increased by 83 per cent, to $3.2 billion over the next four years and $500 million has been allocated to fix road black spots, along with $300 million for the Bridges Renewal Programme.

We are also investing in important public transport projects, including the $95 million Gold Coast Light Rail, the Sydney Metro and the Melbourne Metro to improve access, amenity and liveability.

The Coalition’s commitment to the Inland Rail will transform freight movements through Victoria, New South Wales and South East Queensland and stimulate growth and prosperity in these regions.

After five decades of indecision, the Government is getting on with building a second airport for Sydney at Badgerys Creek and planning for a rail link.

As well, Infrastructure Australia has delivered the first ever 15 Year National Infrastructure Plan.

NEW SOUTH WALES

WestConnex

  • Linking Western Sydney to the city, airport and ports, with up to 52 traffic lights gone and 40 minutes saved. Stage 2 construction commenced ahead of schedule.
  • 10,000 construction jobs.

Western Sydney Airport and Road Infrastructure

  • Supporting Sydney’s second airport, by building vital road infrastructure first.
  • 39,000 jobs created by 2035, increasing to 60,000 over time.

NorthConnex

  • Connecting the Central Coast to Sydney, avoiding up to 40 traffic lights on the Pacific Highway and 21 on Pennant Hills Road.
  • 8,700 jobs.

Pacific Highway

  • Four lane divided road from near Newcastle to Queensland, with crashes reduced and travel times cut by up to 2.5 hours.
  • 16,500 direct and indirect jobs.

VICTORIA

Monash Freeway

  • Additional lanes will unlock productivity in Melbourne by reducing congestion along the M1 corridor.

Murray Basin Rail

  • Upgrading over 1000 km of rail line to provide an alternative to road freight.
  • 276 jobs.

M80

  • Completes the three remaining sections of the M80 Western Ring Road and improves traffic flow along one of Victoria’s critical freight corridors.

Great Ocean Road

  • Strengthening bridges and upgrading pavement, guardrails, cliff and land slip sites.

Urban Congestion and Regional Roads Packages

  • A number of projects that will relieve congestion in urban areas.
  • Upgrading rural and regional road infrastructure in Victoria.

Princes Highway West

  • Duplication to help bring regional communities together and link key industries to markets.

QUEENSLAND

Bruce Highway

  • Upgrades to improve safety, congestion and flood immunity.
  • Reducing travel times for motorists and freight – including a range of safety packages and overtaking lane projects, the duplication of the Boundary Road interchange and the upgrade at Yellow Gin Creek south of Ayr.

Gateway Motorway North

  • Widening from 4 to 6 lanes, improving access and better connecting the Bruce Highway, Northern Brisbane and the Port of Brisbane.
  • 1,000 jobs.

Toowoomba Range Crossing

  • Cutting travel times and removing traffic from Toowoomba Town Centre.
  • 1,800 jobs.

Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor

  • Connecting the North Coast Line directly to the Port of Townsville to support exports and remove freight trains from Townsville's suburbs.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Gateway WA

  • Reducing congestion around the Perth Airport and surrounding areas.
  • 1,320 jobs.

Northlink WA

  • A new 40km highway to improve freight and save travel times through the Swan Valley.

Perth Freight Link

  • Providing a safer, more direct and free-flowing connection to the Port of Fremantle.
  • Removing 2,000 trucks per day from the Leach Highway once the project is completed, and an estimated 5,000 trucks from Perth's southern arterial road network.
  • 2,400 jobs.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

North South Corridor and Northern Connector project

  • Better connecting Adelaide’s port, airport and freight terminals.
  • The construction of a new 15.5 kilometre road linking the Northern Expressway to the northern end of the South Road Superway.
  • 1,330 jobs.

Flinders Link rail project

  • A 650-metre extension of the Tonsley rail line to the Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University, reducing travel time to the CBD by 30 minutes and improving accessibility to Flinders University and South Australia's second largest hospital.
  • 1,900 new jobs.

TASMANIA

Midland Highway Upgrade

  • Upgrade between Hobart and Launceston, to improve safety and freight delivery.
  • 234 jobs.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Tiger Brennan Drive

  • Duplication to improve safety and congestion.
  • 120 direct jobs; 30 for Indigenous Australians.

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

  • Unlocking the economic potential of the North through $5 billion in concessional loans that will deliver major economic infrastructure.

Northern Australia Roads

  • Priority road projects in key strategic corridors in Northern Australia plus targeted upgrades to key roads necessary for transporting cattle and improving cattle supply chains in Northern Australia.

smart cities

Australia’s cities are home to most of our population and responsible for over 80 percent of our national economic output. Liveable, accessible cities with clean environments are now essential economic assets.
Our Smart Cities Plan will ensure our cities are more liveable, more productive, and more prosperous.
This means more affordable housing, new jobs closer to homes, and better transport.
City Deals
City Deals between the Commonwealth, a state or territory government, and local governments will improve our cities through more integrated planning and better delivery of the infrastructure families and businesses need to make their lives easier.
The Coalition has committed to three City Deals in Townsville, Western Sydney and Launceston.
Cities Investment Fund
The Cities Investment Fund will leverage private sector capital to accelerate the deployment of cutting-edge projects, such as precinct-scale renewable energy plants, next-generation transport management systems, green buildings and the retrofit of social and affordable housing.
Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme
The $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program will support local governments to apply innovative technology-based approaches to improve the liveability of cities and their suburbs.