Nov 17, 2011

Cash injection for state’s biggest infrastructure projects

With good progress being made on two of South Australia’s biggest ever infrastructure projects – electrification of the Gawler Line and construction of the South Road Superway – the Gillard Labor Government has decided to bring forward $196.5 million to maintain the momentum.

 Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the early payments recognise the efforts of all those associated with the delivery of these projects, most notable the contractors and their workforces as well as the State Government.

 “These are not run-of-the-mill projects either.  The Superway is the largest, most complex road project ever undertaken in South Australia while the modernisation of the Gawler Line involves the upgrade and electrification of some 43 kilometres of existing track,” said Mr Albanese.

 “Unlike our predecessors we recognise that the task of modernising the nation’s transport infrastructure is too big for any one level of government.  That’s why we’re working closely with the Weatherill Labor Government to build the modern, well-planned infrastructure South Australia will need in the years ahead.”

 All up, the Gillard Labor Government is investing a record $2.7 billion from its Nation Building Program to renew and expand South Australia’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure – double what the former Howard Government spent over a similar period of time.

 Making the announcement on the Minister’s behalf at the National Local Roads and Transport Congress which this year is taking place in Mount Gambier, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport Catherine King said completion of both projects in 2013 will make it easier for locals and visitors alike to get around.

 “Our vision is a sustainable and vibrant Adelaide underpinned by modern, well planned transport infrastructure – a city which continues to be a great place to visit or to raise a family,” said Ms King.

 “Importantly, the infrastructure we’re building and upgrading will support the City’s growth, not just for the next three years but for the next three decades.  Simply put, our capital works program is an investment in Adelaide’s future.

 “The decision to bring forward funding also underscores the urgency this Federal Labor Government has placed on tackling the infrastructure backlog we inherited.”