Jun 10, 2016

Labor to fast track Gawler Line Electrification

An elected Shorten Labor Government will provide $76 million for the Gawler Line Electrification enabling the project to start one year earlier. The Gawler project is on the Infrastructure Australia Priority List and will create 300 jobs.

This funding complements Labor’s $500 million commitment on May 16 for the AdeLINK tram network. Together, these projects will create 2300 new jobs as well as improve quality of life, boost productivity and decrease congestion.

The former Labor Government provided $293 million federal funding for the Gawler Line Electrification. In the 2014 Budget the Coalition axed $76 million of this funding, along with $31.5 million for the Tonsley Park Public Transport Project.

In last year’s Federal Budget the Coalition Government cut $318 million from job-creating South Australian infrastructure projects, despite the state having the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

This included reductions in the South Road upgrade, Goodwood and Torrens Rail Junction Upgrade, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and the Bridges Renewal Program.

The former Labor Government almost tripled annual infrastructure spending from $109 to $272 per South Australian, including the construction of South Australia’s first electrified rail line to Seaford, which created 2000 jobs and is now used each weekday by over 15,000 people.

Only a federal Labor Government will invest in the job-creating, productivity boosting infrastructure, including public transport, which South Australia needs.