State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has released the list of the first ten infrastructure projects that Infrastructure South Australia will be required to assess as a priority under a Marshall Liberal Government.
“South Australia desperately needs a properly researched, methodically implemented infrastructure plan to deliver more investment, more jobs and greater prosperity,” said Mr Marshall.
“Infrastructure South Australia will end the current practice of Labor Ministers deciding infrastructure investment based around political considerations and replace it with decisions based on economic imperatives.
“One of reasons the South Australian economy has crawled along during 16 years of Labor Government is hopeless infrastructure planning and investment.
“Within 100 days of its election, a Marshall Government will have drafted the enabling legislation for Infrastructure South Australia and introduced it to Parliament.
“By September 2018, Infrastructure South Australia will be assessing, planning and coordinating all major infrastructure projects in South Australia.
“By the end of the first term of a Liberal Government, we will have South Australia’s first 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy which will prioritise spending over that period on new transport and other infrastructure.”
A Marshall Liberal Government will ask Infrastructure South Australia to analyse as a priority, the following 10 major projects:
- Completion of the North-South road corridor through metropolitan Adelaide;
- A grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula to ensure the optimum location for this facility;
- The GlobeLink upgrade of major export infrastructure; d. An extension of tram services in the CBD;
- Completion of the Gawler Rail Electrification;
- An extension of the O’Bahn between Tea Tree Plaza Interchange (current terminus) and Golden Grove;
- Grade separations at major metropolitan area intersections to enable removal of level crossings – prioritising projects based on their capacity to reduce traffic congestion and boost productivity;
- Infrastructure development on Le Fevre Peninsula including light rail, commercial, retail residential and recreational development to accommodate the needs of the Naval Shipbuilding Program at Osborne;
- Sealing the Strzelecki Track; and
- An underground rail link in the CBD between the northern and southern train lines.
In addition, a Marshall Liberal Government will ask Infrastructure South Australia to analyse major non-transport infrastructure projects including:
- The roll out of additional affordable housing opportunities
- Increased capacity of South Australia’s prisons
- New court infrastructure including the use of modern technology and satellite courts