8 September 2015

Brisbane and Queensland Infrastructure set for future growth

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When you look at all levels of government in Australian states and territories, as well as the private sector, Queensland has, by far, the highest total expenditure on roads. Add to this the highest projected growth in urban public transport from 2011 to 2031, and you have a state that is set for growth.

Approximately $7.86 billion per annum has been spent on the construction of roads in Queensland. NSW comes in second with $5.17 billion, followed by Victoria at $2.65 billion. The state/territory with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory, at $207 million.

Brisbane itself has a total budget for infrastructure of $2.6 billion for 2015-16, with nearly $309 million assigned to roads and bikeways, $100 million of which is committed to the Smoother Suburban Streets program, and the majority of the remainder for additional lanes and new infrastructure to boost an already booming transport, bypass and road system.

Brisbane has also invested in urban rail and a Bus Rapid Transit system that is recognised as world class. Funded by both state and local government, this has resulted in a doubling of bus passengers in the last 11 years. If it were not for the South East Busway, an additional seven and a half lanes of highway would be needed!

With a long-term commitment to infrastructure delivery, the Queensland Infrastructure Plan identifies approximately $134 billion worth of infrastructure investment for Brisbane and the surrounding region. Designed to manage ongoing growth, this vital infrastructure program represents the largest public infrastructure spending initiative in Australian history.

Resources:

Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Brisbane City Council Annual Plan and Budget 2015-16

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