THE independent statutory authority, Building Queensland, has identified 23 priority infrastructure proposals for the State Government to consider in the latest Infrastructure Pipeline Report, which was released last week.
The June 2017 Infrastructure Pipeline Report is Building Queensland's independent assessment of unfunded infrastructure proposals under development by Queensland Government agencies, including departments, government-owned corporations and nominated statutory authorities.
The 23 priority infrastructure proposals identified in the report cover both social and economic infrastructure. These range from proposals in the Strategic Business Case stage, right through to those ready for investment consideration by government.
Of the two proposals recommended for investment consideration, already one—the Smithfield Transport Corridor Upgrade—has been funded since the Pipeline was presented to government. A further eight proposals in the Detailed Business Case stage are scheduled to be completed in the next 12–18 months.
Since the first Infrastructure Pipeline Report was released in June 2016, the State Government has fully or partially funded eight proposals Building Queensland has recommended as priorities for the state. These are:
- Cross River Rail;
- European Train Control System;
- Burdekin Falls Dam—Saddle Dam & Monolith Improvement Project;
- Pacific Motorway—Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes;
- Port of Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade;
- Financial System Renewal;
- Laboratory Information System; and
- Smithfield Transport Corridor Upgrade.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad described the Building Queensland pipeline as an integral part of the State Government's commitment to deliver infrastructure through a transparent process.
"The Building Queensland pipeline was an initiative of our government that ensures a rigorous and consistent approach to infrastructure delivery. A clear pipeline means that we get the right infrastructure projects online and give industry the confidence to invest here in Queensland," Ms Trad said.