May 10, 2011

Tasmania Continues To Benefit From Record Funding

Tasmania Continues To Benefit From Record Funding

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Federal Member for Grayndler

May 8 2011

The 2011-12 Budget continues the rollout of the Gillard Labor Government’s record capital works program which is renewing and expanding Tasmania’s road and rail infrastructure.

This coming financial year alone, we will be providing $121 million to progress a number of large and smaller scale projects.

In 2011-12, work will start on the following major projects (Commonwealth contribution shown):

• Modernising the rail freight lines at Rhyndaston – Federal contribution: $24 million;

• Upgrading and modernising the Fingal Rail Freight Line – Federal contribution: $5.7 million;

• Upgrading and modernising the Boyer Rail Freight Line – Federal contribution: $1.1 million;

• Tasman Highway Ramps (planning work) – Federal contribution: $2 million.

At the other end of the construction cycle, work is expected to be completed on the following projects over the next 12 months:

• Upgrading the Illawarra Main Road – Federal contribution: $3.1 million.

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

• $1.6 million to eliminate another 22 dangerous black spots on local roads;

• $700,000 for rest stops and the other roadside facilities used by truck drivers.

The 2011-12 Budget provides $46.4 million to assist Tasmania’s councils maintain and upgrade their local roads.

Across Tasmania, the Gillard Labor Government is reversing the neglect we inherited and begun putting in place the modern, well-planned infrastructure critical to making the State even more prosperous and its economy even more productive.