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New Infrastructure is the Big Winner in 2018 Budget

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The Federal Government has announced a commitment to big infrastructure projects worth up to $24.5 million in a move designed to lift economic growth, according to the treasurer Scott Morrison. 

The budget will make a number of major infrastructure projects possible across Australia—in every state and territory. The budget also allows for funding of the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project, which is estimated to be $4.5bn on top of the $6bn already spent buying out NSW and Victoria’s shares in the scheme).

“The investment is road, rail, and public transport projects will reduce congestion, keep our roads safe, connect people to jobs, and get our produce to market,” says Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison.

A summary of some of the major projects by State is listed below: 


  • Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour Bypass worth $971m. Residents of Coffs Harbour have been waiting three decades for the announcement of a bypass to alleviate traffic bottlenecks through the city. 
  • Western Sydney Airport Rail Business case – $50m has been allocated for a business case into a rail link from Sydney’s St Mary’s station to the new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.
  • Port Botany Rail Line Including Cabramatta Loop – $400m for freight rail to ease traffic congestion around Sydney Airport. The line to Port Botany will be duplicated with a new passing loop added at Cabramatta.


  • Airport Rail Link Melbourne – previously announced $5bn contribution towards a rail link to Melbourne Airport.
  • North East Link – valued at $1.75bn, the link will connect the Eastern Freeway with the M80 Ring Road.
  • Monash Rail – $475m – a light rail connection between Caulfield Station and Rowville, via Chadstone shopping centre, Monash University's Clayton campus, and Waverley Park.
  • Frankston to Baxter Rail Line – $225m for the electrification of the Frankston rail line to Baxter.
  • Victorian Congestion package – $140m to be spent on addressing the state's increasing congestion problems.
  •  Duplication of Geelong rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds: – $50m.
  • Princes Highway duplication from Traralgon to Sale – $132m.


  • M1 Pacific Motorway – $1bn project to widen two sections of the Pacific Motorway. The first section is from Eight Miles Plains to Daisy Hill and then the second—from Varsity Lakes to Tugun on the border.
  • Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade – $390m – A 20km upgrade to the tracks between Beerburrum and Landsborough as well as improvements on passing locations on the 19-kilometre stretch from Landsborough to Nambour.
  • Brisbane Metro – $300m – A one-third Federal Government contribution to improving Brisbane’s rail network—Metro 1—will run from the Eight Mile Plains busway to the Roma Street busway, while Metro 2 will run from the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Busway to the University of Queensland Lakes busway.
  • Cunningham Highway Yamanto to Ebenezer – $170m – The project involves 4.75 km of work between Warwick Rd, Amberley, and Ebenezer Creek, which is renowned for car accidents.
  • Toowoomba to Brisbane passenger rail business case: $15bn – Investigating a fast rail project between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
  • Bruce Highway safety package – $200m for road upgrades including projects from central to north Queensland.
  • Cooroy to Curra section D – $800m to upgrade the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra, bypassing Gympie.


  • Bass Highway safety improvements – $400m. 
  • New Bridgewater Bridge – $461m to be built adjacent to the existing heritage listed bridge.
  • Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation program – $59.8m to revamp priority sections of the state’s rail network.


  • Adelaide north-south corridor – Parts of the north-south corridor are already completed. 
  • Future Priorities: $1.21bn,
  • Regency Road to Pym Street: $177m – A 50/50 split with State government to build 1.8-kilometre six-lane motorway from Pym Street to Regency Road. Work to commence in 2019. 
  • Gawler rail line electrification – $220m – Adelaide's most used suburban railway which runs through the northern suburbs.
  • Port Augusta Joy Baluch Bridge duplication: – $160m – The bridge is the primary crossing to access the Upper Spencer Gulf and is the only viable link between east and west Port Augusta.   


  • Perth Metronet – $1.05bn – A rail link designed to ease urban congestion in Perth and provide a major boost to Western Australia’s local economy which is currently depressed due to the mining slow-down. 
  • Perth congestion package – $942m.
  • Major project business case fund – $10m,
  • Bindoon bypass: $220m – The bypass includes 48Km of new highway between Chittering Roadhouse and Calingri West Road.
  • Bunbury outer ring road stages 2 and 3 – $560m – Completing the remaining stages from the South Western Highway to the Bussell Highway and from the Perth-Bunbury Highway to near Picton Boyanup Road.


  • Northern Australia package: $1.5bn including:
  • Buntine Highway upgrade: $100m for flood immunity and safety improvements, sealing, and pavement strengthening and widening of sections of the Highway.
  • Central Arnhem Road upgrade: $180m to seal a yet-to-be announced length of the Central Arnhem Rd.     
  • Outback Way upgrade: $160m upgrades to some sections of the 2,800 kilometre route that links Laverton in Western Australia.


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