QLD’s 2024/2025 State Budget: A Boost for Infrastructure Development

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The Queensland Government’s recent budget announcement has laid out plans for the state’s infrastructure, signaling a robust investment in various sectors to drive growth and development.

Key projects supported

Project highlights include a $5.5 billion investment for the construction of a new 37.8-kilometre Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line between Beerwah and Maroochydore. The construction of the Coomera Connector (Stage One), from Coomera to Nerang, aims to alleviate pressure on the M1 by offering an alternative route for the expanding communities and commercial hubs of Helensvale and Coomera. With a total cost of $3.026 billion, the 16-kilometre Stage One is projected to open progressively to traffic by late 2025.

Another significant highlight is the ongoing Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, which includes a total budget of $1.730 billion for the construction of the Rockhampton Ring Road, $1.162 billion for the Cooroy to Curra (Section D) construction, $948 million for upgrades between the Gateway Motorway and Dohles Rocks Road (Stage 1), and $336 million for a bypass of Tiaro to enhance the flood immunity, safety, and efficiency of the Bruce Highway.

The third stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail construction will extend the existing network with eight additional stations, at a total estimated cost of $1.219 billion.

An additional $5.75 billion has been committed to the Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail upgrade. This project aims to increase the number of tracks between Kuraby and Beenleigh from two to four, incorporating modernized rail systems, station upgrades, and level crossing removals along this 20-kilometre corridor.

For more information check out https://budget.qld.gov.au/overview/budget-snapshot/

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