Details released for $12.9 billion South Australia infrastructure package

By on 12 March 2020

Expected to create around 80,000 construction jobs, the South Australian Government has released details of its record $12.9 billion infrastructure package.

The package will change the South Australian landscape according to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll.

“Whether it be the intersection upgrades, public transport improvements or building and improving our state’s hospitals and schools, South Australians will notice big changes,” he said.

“We are fixing over 1000km of country roads and delivering the long-awaited Port Wakefield and Joy Baluch upgrades, making our country roads safer and helping to save lives.”

Knoll said the state government is also working to bust congestion and reduce travel times, with ten intersection upgrades and rail level crossings.

“Almost $1 billion is being invested in public transport infrastructure to drive patronage and deliver better train, tram and bus services,” he said.

Knoll said Infrastructure SA is also developing a 20-year strategy to ensure the state has a long-term pipeline of projects “that will build a stronger South Australia.”

“We are already looking beyond the next four years and have flagged key projects like the final stage of the North-South Corridor, the largest infrastructure project in our state’s history, to sustain jobs into the future,” he said.

Key portfolio and infrastructure projects include:

  • $3.7 billion (over four years) for road infrastructure including: $532 million for the Gawler Line Electrification Project, $303 million for the Regency to Pym Project and $778 million for regional road upgrades.
  • $1.5 billion (over four years) for health infrastructure including: $550 million towards the new Women’s and Children Hospital, $243 million towards the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Redevelopment and $98 million towards revitalising the Repat.
  • $1.3 billion (over four years) for education infrastructure including: $818 million for sustainable enrolment growth and other school projects and $269 million for two new birth to year 12 schools.
  • $1.9 billion (over four years) for SA Water infrastructure.
  • $367 million (over four years) of the 10-year $554.6 million housing and homelessness strategy.

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