The Marshall Liberal Government has welcomed the Federal Coalition Government’s $1.8 billion infrastructure investment in South Australia announced today ahead of the Federal Budget.
The Federal Government’s significant infrastructure investment in South Australia includes;
• $177 million for the Pym Street to Regency Road section of the North-South Corridor;
• $220 million for the completion of the Gawler line electrification;
• $160 million for the Joy Baluch Bridge; and
• $1.2 billion for further sections of the North-South Corridor.
“This $1.8 billion investment will help build and improve critical infrastructure in South Australia and, importantly, create more jobs,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“This investment demonstrates very clearly what the State Liberal Government is able to deliver for South Australians by working constructively and collaboratively with our Federal counterparts.
“The new State Government is getting on with the job and delivering for South Australians.
“These are significant projects for South Australia which will create more jobs and build productive infrastructure that will grow our economy.
“We already have a number of significant infrastructure projects underway including Torrens to Torrens, the Darlington upgrade and the Northern Connector and today’s announcements ensure there are more infrastructure projects and funding in the pipeline.
“Once complete, these projects will also improve the lives of South Australians by easing traffic congestion, reducing travel times and delivering a more efficient and reliable public transport service.
“This investment builds on the Turnbull Government’s $2 billion investment in defence infrastructure for South Australia to construct the ship and submarine yards for the $90 billion Future Frigate and Submarine Programs.”
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said he had been working hard to rebuild the relationship with the Federal Government that was destroyed by the previous Labor administration.
“As one of my first acts as Minister, the Premier asked me to fly to Canberra and begin rebuilding South Australia’s relationship with the Federal Government so we could deliver projects like those announced today,” said Mr Knoll.
“Now the State Government has to get on with the job and prepare the business cases for these projects that the previous State Labor administration failed to develop in 16 years.
“We’ve committed $2 million to accelerate that process so we can deliver these key infrastructure projects for South Australians.”