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Federal government announces $9.6 billion infrastructure boost

The government’s upcoming budget will include a massive spend on national transport and infrastructure projects

The federal government has released details of a major infrastructure and transport project injection, with $9.6 billion to be spent on national projects.

In the upcoming 2022-23 federal budget, the government is delivering on election commitments for vital infrastructure projects.

Its commitments funded in in the budget include:

  • $300 million for Western Sydney Roads Package and $500 million for the High Speed Rail Authority
  • $2.2 billion for the Suburban Rail Link in Victoria
  • $586.4 million of additional funding for a major upgrade of the Bruce Highway to widen a 13-kilometre stretch through Brisbane’s outer northern suburbs
  • $1.5 billion for upgrading important freight highways, sealing the Tanami, and upgrading Central Arnhem Road, as well as the Dukes, Stuart and Augusta highways in SA
  • $540 million to upgrade Tasmania’s important road corridors, including the Bass Highway, the Tasman Highway and the East and West Tamar Highways.
  • $125 million funding to help build an electric bus network for Perth

The budget takes an important first step in ensuring the Commonwealth’s infrastructure spending is responsible, affordable and sustainable.

The federal government says it is once again making Infrastructure Australia the premier body to advise Australian governments on its significant infrastructure gaps and opportunities.

“Sound and planned infrastructure investment in Australia creates jobs, builds opportunity and unlocks economic growth and productivity for our cities and our regions,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

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“It’s about making journeys quicker, but also making sure people can get home to their families safely.

“Through our first budget, my team is getting on with the job of delivering projects in consultation with Infrastructure Australia and all levels of government to make a real difference to the lives of Australians.”

Infrastructure and transport minister Catherine King says: “Investing in national significant highways and roads will help the economy while putting much needed money into regional and urban roads will help make life easier and safer for everyone.”

“Good infrastructure helps strengthen the economy and build connections between communities.”

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