May 11, 2010

South Australia continues to benefit from record investment

South Australia continues to benefit from record investment

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 11 2010

The Rudd Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in the road and rail infrastructure within South Australia continues unabated, with a further $404 million being provided in the 2010-11 Budget.

The aim of our infrastructure building program is simple: to build more sustainable communities and a more productive national economy, one positioned to take full advantage of the global economic recovery.

In the case of South Australia, we’ve boosted spending on roads and on rail by 128 per cent over the life of the current Nation Building Program (2008-09 to 2013-14), bringing our total investment to $2.7 billion.

These major investments in South Australian infrastructure are part of the Rudd Government’s plan to strengthen our economy so we can face the future with confidence.

The 2010-11 Budget continues the rollout of this unprecedented investment.

During the coming financial year (2010-11), work will start on a range of major road and rail projects including:

  • South Road Superway in Adelaide – scheduled for completion in 2013.
  • Safety Upgrades on the Dukes Highway – scheduled for overall completion in 2014.
  • Gawler Rail Line Modernisation – scheduled for completion in 2013.
  • O-Bahn City Access – scheduled for completion in 2012.

Communities across South Australia will benefit from the completion in 2010-11 of the Northern Expressway.

The 2010-11 Budget also includes $215 million to be invested in the Australian Rail Track Corporation to facilitate the re-railing of the interstate rail line between Whyalla and Broken Hill and between Parkes and Cootamundra over the next two years.

We will also continue funding a range of initiatives designed to make our highways and local roads safer:

  • $4.7 million to eliminate another 27 dangerous black spots on local roads; and
  • $5.8 million to deliver more safe, modern roadside facilities for truck drivers, including new and refurbished rest stops, parking bays and decoupling areas.

The 2010-11 Budget also provides $82 million to assist councils and shires in South Australia to maintain and upgrade their local roads of which $8.6 million has been brought forward into 2009-10.

As well as building and modernising the transport infrastructure vital to Australia’s long term productivity and prosperity, our $37 billion Nation Building Program helped shield the South Australia economy from the worst of last year’s global recession.

Within South Australia, as well as across the country, the Rudd Labor Government is building a national road network and an interstate rail system equal to the needs of the 21st century.