In mid-February, Infrastructure Australia released its annual Infrastructure Priority List which shows 121 vital infrastructure projects that will help build the nation. It includes eight high-priority and 10 priority projects as well as 29 high-priority and priority initiatives.
High-priority and priority projects are projects that have a full business case completed and positively assessed by the Infrastructure Australia Board, while high-priority and priority initiatives are projects that have not yet completed a full business case and are subject to a rigorous assessment.
In this post, we will collectively cover the projects in Tasmania, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and interstate projects.
|Inland Rail (Melbourne to Brisbane via inland NSW) - Interstate||Priority project||Freight connectivity between Melbourne and Brisbane||Within 5 - 10 years|
|Hobart Science and Technology Precinct - Tasmania||Priority project||Opportunity to stimulate economic growth and productivity in Tasmania||Within 5 years|
|Preserve corridor for East Coast High Speed Rail - Interstate||High-priority initiative||Future connectivity between east coast capital cities||Within 5 years|
|Regional road network safety improvements - Interstate||High-priority initiative||Improve safety on regional roads||Within 5 years|
|Remote housing overcrowding - Interstate||High-priority initiative||National remote housing conditions||Within 5 years|
|National electric vehicle fast-charging network - Interstate||High-priority initiative||Enabling infrastructure||Within 5 years|
|National Electricity Market (Future connectivity and reliability) - Interstate||High-priority initiative||Connectivity of the National Electricity Market regions||Within 5 - 10 years|
|Network Optimisation Program: Rail - Interstate||High-priority initiative||Increasing rates of urban congestion across multiple corridors in Australian cities||Within 5 years|
|Network Optimisation Program: Roads - Interstate||High-priority initiative||National urban road network congestion||Within 5 years|
|National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy - Interstate||High-priority initiative||National strategic planning for future freight initiatives||Within 5 years|
|National Electricity Market (Near-term optimisation) - Interstate||Priority initiative||Optimisation of the National Electricity Market||Within 5 years|
|Advanced Train Management System implementation on the interstate rail network - Interstate||Priority initiative||Rail freight capacity constraint on ARTC network||Within 5 years|
|Connect gas suppliers to eastern gas markets - Interstate||Priority initiative||Constrained East Coast gas supply||Within 5 years|
|Derwent River crossing capacity - Tasmania||Priority initiative||Improve Tasmania Derwent River crossing capacity||Within 5 - 10 years|
|Burnie to Hobart freight corridor improvement - Tasmania||Priority initiative||Tasmania freight network planning||Within 5 - 10 years|
|Tasmanian irrigation schemes (Tranche 3) - Tasmania||Priority initiative||Opportunity to develop industry and agriculture in Tasmania||Within 5 - 10 years|
|Tasmanian sewerage infrastructure upgrades - Tasmania||Priority initiative||Tasmanian wastewater treatment environment compliance||Within 5 years|
|Canberra public transport improvements - ACT||Priority initiative||Canberra public transport capacity||Within 5 - 10 years|
|Canberra CBD to north corridor - ACT||Priority initiative||Improve Canberra to north transport corridor congestion||Within 5 - 10 years|
|Upgrade Tanami Road - Northern Territory||Priority initiative||Constrained access to the Tanami region||Within 5 years|
|Provision of enabling infrastructure and essential services to remote NT communities (Wadeye, Tiwi Islands, Jabiru) - Northern Territory||Priority initiative||Improve/provide infrastructure services for remote NT communities||Within 5 years|
|Darwin region water supply infrastructure upgrades - Northern Territory||Priority initiative||Improve Darwin water supply security||Within 5 - 10 years|
*Note: Timeframes for high-priority and priority projects are expected completion of the projects whereas the timeframes for high-priority and priority initiatives are indicative of when the proposed projects will begin moving towards reality.
In the past weeks, we have covered in a series of posts the projects across the different Australian states included in Infrastructure Australia's 2019 Infrastructure Priority List and you can view them posts here - NSW, VIC, QLD, WA and SA.
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Source: Infrastructure Australia