QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad last week announced the release of the updated Part B program of the State Infrastructure Plan, which outlines a four-year program of infrastructure investment that is aligned with the recently-released 2017–18 State Budget.
Ms Trad said the 2017 update has tracked the progress of all projects and shows how critical infrastructure is being delivered over time. "Over the forward estimates we are spending a massive $42 billion on infrastructure and the SIP is our blueprint for this investment that ensures we are delivering the right projects, at the right time, for the right price," she said.
Highlights of the 2017 Part B update include:
- A visualisation of Queensland's Infrastructure Pipeline to show how proposals mature from early concept to a funded government project.
- A new regional planning section to highlight emerging region shaping infrastructure priorities, with this 2017 update drawing on the draft ShapingSEQ and its consultation.
- The progress made by Queensland Government agencies in implementing the SIP's priorities and objectives.
- Through consultation with local governments about the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program, the Part B update includes a maturity assessment of all 2016 proposals raised through consultation and future opportunities within each asset class, and new proposals raised through consultation.
"The SIP reveals that in the last year more than 400 construction projects were completed or are underway including three new hospitals and four new schools,129 kilometres of state-controlled road have been upgraded and 1200 megawatts of renewable energy projects are approved," Ms Trad said.
"The update also includes a number of new features including better integration with regional plans across the state and links in with the Building Queensland pipeline for projects over $50 million.
"It has already improved the way infrastructure planning is coordinated across government and means projects get on the go faster.
"Through the SIP we are seeing transformational projects for our state, like Cross River Rail, the Townsville Stadium and the Smithfield Bypass in Cairns progress from concept to delivery."
The State Infrastructure Plan was released in March 2016 and outlines the Queensland Government's strategic direction for the planning, investment and delivery of infrastructure, with a focus on using the state's resources wisely, private sector partnerships and a program of reform initiatives.
More information is available from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website at <http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/infrastructure/state-infrastructure-plan.html>.