May 20, 2010

Budget delivers major infrastructure for Broken Hill

Budget delivers major infrastructure for Broken Hill

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 20 2010

Today I visited Broken Hill to confirm the unprecedented $565 million investment the Rudd Labor Government is making in the rail infrastructure of Far Western NSW.

This investment will not only greatly improve the capacity and reliability of the interstate rail network; it will deliver real jobs and inject new money into communities across the region.

The new funding will allow the Australian Rail Track Corporation to:

  • Re-rail the lines between Whyalla and Broken Hill and between Parkes and Broken Hill, an upgrade which will allow both lines to be used by heavier trains.

This $312 million project will support 275 jobs and take approximately 25 months to complete.

  • Replace the existing old wooden sleepers on the line between Parkes and Broken Hill with one million new concrete sleepers, greatly improving its capacity as well as reducing transit times and the need for temporary speed restrictions during summer.

This $253 million project will support up to 370 jobs and take approximately 13 months to complete.

Work on both projects is expected to get underway later this year.

All up, the Rudd Labor Government’s third Budget (2010-11) injected an additional $1 billion into the ARTC, the government-owned entity responsible for managing the nation’s interstate rail network, bringing our total investment in this vital piece of infrastructure to $3.4 billion over six years.

Compared to our predecessors, this is twice as much in half the time – yet another example of this Government using the dividends of today’s prosperity to build an even stronger and more prosperous Australia for the future.