Budget delivers $33 bil for critical and innovative infrastructure

By May, 2016 July 5th, 2016 Federal, Infrastructure, Transport

Turnbull government's first Budget delivering funding for needed funding for crucial infrastructure like Inland Rail and Sydney's Second Airport.

The federal Budget for 2016-17 has had an arguably tepid response from those who sought to benefit big from big subsidies, but the Turnbull government has been working hard at promoting its funding for Australia’s infrastructure.

In the newly released Budget papers, the federal government will invest $33 billion over the forward estimates to deliver critical rail and road infrastructure.

According to the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher, infrastructure is a key part of the Government’s plan to improve our economy’s productive capacity.

‘Our investment in infrastructure supports more livable and productive communities through well planned, safer and more efficient transport networks,’ a release from the Minister said.

In this Budget, the government has also made further commitments to the Ipswich Motorway and Perth Freight Link, as well as more funding for preparatory work for a Western Sydney Airport and to develop a rail access concept design.

Victoria is a big winner in the Budget, with an infrastructure package valued at $1.5 billion to tackle congestion and improve the livability of the state, particularly Melbourne.

Other highlights include the government’s investment in the Inland Rail project through the Australian Rail Track Corporation and private sector partnerships. The government will provide $594 million in additional equity funding to acquire the necessary land for the Inland Rail corridor.

Then there’s the Western Sydney Airport project, with $115 million committed to fund preparation work, including $26 million to develop a concept design for for rail access that will accelerate benefits to Western Sydney; and $89 million will also be allocated to undertake critical preparatory activities for the airport site.

Another key element of the Budget is the Turnbull government’s renewed national focus on Australian cities, metropolitan and regional, which is the main focus of the federal government’s Smart Cities Plan.

As part of this Plan the Australian Government is investing more than $3.4 billion in urban rail projects across the country.

Filming begins on Godzilla vs Kong on the Gold Coast as Queensland government ramps up excitement for millions of dollars in tourism income.

Godzilla vs Kong rolls cameras in QLD

| Entertainment, State | No Comments
Sunshine State expecting roaring tourism returns.
Noushin Shabab and Negar Shabab, being some of the top cybersecurity gurus of their age, share their thoughts on fixing Australia's digital talent shortage.

5 Minutes With… Noushin Shabab and Negar Shabab, Cybersecurity Twins

| 5 Minutes With... | No Comments
How should Australia fix the cybersecurity talent shortage of the next generation? Find out here!
After Malcolm Turnbull's dramatic exit, now is Prime Minister Scott Morrison's opportunity to rewrite the rulebook for the election and unite the party.

PM ScoMo: same pitch, new salesman

| Analysis, Federal | No Comments
New leader’s great opportunity after Turnbull hits a dead end.
After, the duel-citizenship-induced bi-election of July 2018, the rules have changed for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

After by-election, leadership debate will roar again

| Analysis, Federal | No Comments
'Super Saturday' fallout to haunt PM until next federal election.