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Infrastructure Australia’s $59bn Project Pipeline


The federal government’s independent infrastructure adviser has released its latest priority list, a $59 billion project pipeline of 44 proposals spanning social housing, renewable energy, port projects, to railways.

Of the record 44 new proposals, Infrastructure Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said the list “reflects the changing infrastructure needs” of Australia's cities, regions and remote communities in the wake of the pandemic.

“Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the way Australians use critical infrastructure,” Madew said.

We have seen changing work patterns, a pause on net overseas migration, and a 200 per cent increase in people moving from capital areas to regional areas.”

▲ The Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin was among the priorities on Infrastructure Australia's list.
▲ The Northern Territory’s gas rich Beetaloo Basin is among the priorities on the peak body's list. Lead image: Of the new 44 priorities, five are port projects reflecting the importance ports are in maintaining freight throughout Covid.


Infrastructure Australia added five new priority projects, 13 high priority initiatives and 26 priority initiatives.

The new priority projects include a 10.5 km western bypass for the NSW Central West city of Parkes, an upgrade to the Prospect Highway in western Sydney, a major bridge in Armadale Perth, a ring road around Western Australia’s regional centre of Bunbury and a major upgrade to the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Canberra.

Digital infrastructure to enable smart technologies in Sydney's Western Parkland City and New South Wales social housing program are among the 44 new infrastructure proposals on the list, both graded as “high priority initiatives”.

In the past decade, NSW recorded a 37 per cent increase in unmet priority social housing demand, and a 70 per cent increase in homelessness across the state.

With energy initiatives now also on the priority list, the report called for the expansion of renewable energy zones across NSW, Victoria, and Queensland for large-scale wind, solar and hydro projects.


The latest priority projects from Infrastructure Australia

PROJECTPROBLEM/ OPPORTUNITY
NSWParkes BypassConnectivity between Melbourne and Brisbane
Prospect Highway Upgrade Reservoir Road to St Martins CrescentWestern Sydney road network capacity
WAArmadale Road BridgePerth road network capacity
Bunbury Outer Ring RoadWestern Australia regional freight network capacity
ACTCommonwealth Avenue Bridge UpgradeRenewal of transport infrastructure in Canberra

^ Five latest priority projects from Infrastructure Australia


Madew said more than half of the infrastructure projects on this year’s priority list benefit regional communities.

The infrastructure body warned there was a “growing ‘digital divide’ between well-connected and poorly-connected areas” in the country.

This year 10 projects moved off the priority list and into the construction phase.

These projects include the M4 Motorway Upgrade in NSW, METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line in Western Australia, and sections of the Bruce Highway and M1 Pacific Motorway in Queensland.

As for the process, the projects are added to the priority list for consideration by Australia’s governments.

Projects on the list are advanced proposals with developed business cases that are assessed by Infrastructure Australia’s independent board.

Projects remain on the priority list until delivery or construction begins.


Infrastructure Australia's latest high priority initiatives

Project NameProblem/opportunity description
NATIONALEnabling digital health services for regional and remote AustraliaSocial and telecommunications infrastructure to deliver digital health in regional areas
National Electricity Market Dispatchable energy storage for firming capacityFirming generation for energy network security
National Electricity Market Renewable Energy Zone expansionsIncreasing renewable energy generation
Regional telecommunications transmission capacityTelecommunications speed and reliability in regional areas
NSWDigital infrastructure to enable smart technologies in the Western Parkland CityDigital and smart infrastructure
Greater Sydney water securityWater supply and resilience for Greater Sydney
New South Wales social housing programSocial housing conditions in NSW
Parramatta Outer Ring Road capacityCongestion on roads around Parramatta CBD
Western Sydney Freight Line and Intermodal TerminalFreight connectivity in Western Sydney
QldSouth East Queensland level crossings congestion and safetyCongestion and safety on South East Queensland’s urban road network
SAAdelaide’s Outer Ring Route capacityCongestion on roads around Adelaide CBD
South Australian road network maintenanceMaintenance backlog and preventative maintenance
NTEnabling infrastructure for developing the Beetaloo Sub-BasinSupporting infrastructure for potential gas market opportunities

^ The latest high priority initiatives, 13 from Infrastructure Australia.

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