May 31, 2009

Libs & Nats attempt to block major road & rail projects

Libs & Nats attempt to block major road & rail projects


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 31 2009

The Liberal and National Parties will attempt to use their Senate numbers to block the rollout of the biggest ever investment in the nation’s road and rail infrastructure.

Nationals Leader Warren Truss has confirmed the Coalition will vote against the legislation necessary to deliver the Rudd Labor Government’s $26 billion Nation Building Program when debate resumes in the Parliament this week.

Together with the investment from States and Territories agreed to in a Memorandum of Understanding, this Program will result in over $32 billion of infrastructure investment.

With this action, the Coalition is threatening over 100 major road and rail projects. Attached is a list of all the projects now under threat.

Blocking vital road and rail infrastructure projects at anytime is unacceptable, but to do so in the midst of a global economic recession is a deliberate act of economic vandalism.

The Nation Building Program also includes the elimination of dangerous black spots, the installation of boom gates at high risk level crossings and the construction of additional rest stops for truck drivers.

Just as bizarre as their decision to vote against our legislation are the reasons the Coalition gives for doing so. They don’t want Federal dollars used to fix dangerous sections of highway or upgrade congested urban roads.

I urge the Coalition to urgently rethink their position. Their actions in the Parliament threaten not only the delivery of the Government’s infrastructure program but the tens of thousands of jobs it would create and support.

The opportunism of Malcolm Turnbull is emerging as the greatest threat to the nation’s economic recovery and the modernisation of our infrastructure.

Not satisfied with having left a massive infrastructure deficit, now the Coalition is attempting to thwart the Rudd Government taking action.

Already the Coalition under the leadership of Mr Turnbull has voted against the largest ever investment in school infrastructure, the extra money for community infrastructure and additional funding for transport infrastructure.

The Rudd Labor Government’s Nation Building Program is more than twice the size of the former government’s AusLink program.




F3 to Sydney Orbital

Freight rail upgrades between Sydney and Newcastle

Port Botany road and rail access and handling improvements package

Moorebank intermodal freight terminal

Projects on the Hume Highway

F5 widening (Brooks to Narellan)

Hume Highway

– Tarcutta bypass

– Woomargama bypass

– Holbrook bypass

Projects on the Pacific Highway

Ballina Bypass

Sapphire to Woolgoola

Tintenbar to Ewingsdale

Banora Point deviation

Warrell Creek (Macksville) to Urunga – planning

Bulahdelah bypass

Devil’s Pulpit

Herons to Still

Coopernook to Mooreland

Karuah to Bulahdelah stages 2 & 3

Glenugie Upgrade

Projects on the Great Western Highway

Duplication of Great Western Highway (sections between Penrith and Katoomba)

Woodford to Hazelbrook

Wentworth Falls East

Great Western Highway upgrade (sections between Katoomba and Lithgow)

Safety improvements to the Barton Highway

Alstonville Bypass

Werrington Arterial

Bega Bypass


Western Ring Road upgrade

West Gate Bridge

Princes Highway East (Traralgon to Sale)

Geelong Ring Road Stage 4A (Anglesea overpass)

Geelong Ring Road Stage 4B (Anglesea Road to Princes Highway)

Western Highway – Realignment of Anthony’s Cutting between Melton and Bacchus Marsh

Western Highway – Duplication from Ballarat to Stawell

Western Highway – Upgrade between Stawell and the South Australian border

Nagambie Bypass (Goulburn Valley Highway)

Kings Road Interchange (Calder Freeway)

Rail upgrades at Geelong Port and on the Melbourne-Adelaide Line

Altona/Laverton Precinct and the Dandenong Intermodal Terminal

Somerton Intermodal Terminal

Wimmera Intermodal Terminal at Dooen

Duplication of the Princes Highway from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea

Springvale Road

Upgrade of the Colac-Lavers Hill Road

Clyde Road upgrade


Projects on the Pacific Motorway

Coomera Interchange

Nerang south interchange

Mudgeereba Interchange

Robina and Varsity Lakes interchanges

Widening between Nerang )South) and Worongary Interchanges and Safety Improvements

Logan to Daisy Hill

Daisy Hill to Springwood South

Springwood South to Gateway Motorway

Projects on the Ipswich Motorway

Dinmore to Goodna

Wacol to Darra

Interchange at Mains and Kessels Road

Gateway Motorway South ( Mt. Gravatt-Capalaba Road to the Pacific Motorway)

Gateway Motorway North (Nudgee Road to the Bruce Highway)

Projects on the Bruce Highway – Sarina to Cairns Section

Black Spots

Rest areas

Overtaking lanes

Upgrade southern approach to Cairns

Raise southern approach to the Mulgrave River Bridge

Duplication from Vantassel Street to Flinders Highway

Douglas Arterial duplication

Cardwell Range realignment

Townsville Port Access Road

Improved flood immunity at Gairloch Floodway

Upgrade the southern approach to Mackay

Realign and raise Highway from Sandy Corner to Collinsons Lagoon

Upgrade Burdekin River Bridge

Burdekin Road Safety Audit projects

Upgrade of the Southern approaches to Sarina

Projects on the Bruce Highway – Curra to Sarina Section

Black Spots

Rest areas

Overtaking Lanes

Yeppen flood plain study

Calliope Crossroads

Cabbage Tree Creek to Carman Road and Back Creek Range section upgrade

Upgrading of southern approaches to Gin Gin

New Isis River bridge

Projects on the Bruce Highway – Caboolture to Curra section

Cooroy to Curra section B project

Upgrade of Caboolture to Caloundra

Black Spots

Projects on the Warrego Highway

Upgrade from Roma to Mitchell

Overtaking lanes

Rest areas

Road Upgrades in Cape York and the North West

Sealing of Peninsula Development Road

Sealing of Wills Development Road

Remote community road upgrades in Cape York

Peak Downs Highway study


Great Eastern and Roe Highway interchange

Upgrade of Great Eastern Highway from Kooyong Road to Tonkin Highway

Perth Bunbury Highway

Bunbury Port Access and Outer Ring Road Stage 1

Port Hedland Roads (upgrade of Great Northern Road)

Perth Urban Transport and Freight Corridor Upgrade

Duplication of Dampier Highway

Mandurah Entrance Road

New Interchange at the Reid Highway/Alexander Drive Intersection

Improved Access to Esperance Port


Northern Expressway & Port Wakefield Road upgrade

South Road Planning

South Road package works

Dukes Highway Upgrade

Victor Harbor, Main South Road, Seaford Road junction


Brighton Bypass

Rail capacity improvements at Rhyndaston

Upgrade of Bridgewater Bridge

Planning for Bagdad Bypass and new Bridgewater Bridge

Upgrade of the Midland Highway

Improvement of Bell Bay Intermodal Terminal

Main North-South Line rail capacity improvements

Kingston bypass

Upgrade Derwent Valley rail line from Boyer to Karanja

Upgrade of North East Freight Roads

Wiltshire Rail Line Upgrade

Upgrade of West Coast Rail Spur to Hellyer Mine and from Melba Flats to Zeehan

Upgrade of Port Sorell Road

Upgrade of Illawarra Link Road


Tiger Brennan Drive – East Arm Port access

Tiger Brennan Drive – Stuart Highway intersection

Improve flood immunity, road safety and productivity on NT highways

NT Community, Beef and Mining roads package:

Improving flood immunity on Port Keats Road

Upgrade of the Plenty Highway  

Sealing of the Buntine Highway

Upgrade of the Central Arnhem Road

Upgrade of the Tanami Road

High level bridge over the Macarthur River at Borroloola

Upgrade of the Maryvale Road and Hughes Stock Route


Road upgrade in Canberra Airport precinct

Tharwa Road/Lanyon Drive upgrade