Started by ozbob, May 18, 2016, 05:15:30 AM
QuoteNORTH Queensland will evolve into a maritime powerbase and highway to China under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's election elixir to spiralling regional unemployment.Mr Turnbull will today announce two major projects for Cairns and Townsville that will create hundreds of jobs and help diversify their transitioning economies.Returning to Queensland just a week after he left, he will unveil a strategic $24 million upgrade of the Cairns Marine Precinct, which will secure extra maintenance work for the Royal Australian Navy.The upgrade to wharves, docks, workshops and reconfiguration of shipyards next to the HMAS Cairns naval base comes as Australia faces growing regional instability.Boosting national security capabilities in north Queensland will build on the 1300 people employed in ship building and repair in the region, and comes after Cairns lost its bid to build patrol boats.Mr Turnbull will also reveal his Government will aim to soak up lost jobs through the resources downturn by investing $150 million towards a freight rail corridor in Townsville, which will also spark urban renewal.The plan to build Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor will remove freight trains from Townsville suburbs, which will ease congestion but also help the regions access one of the biggest ports in Australia. The project has been on Infrastructure Australia's priority list for about five years.Mr Turnbull will declare Townsville will become a transport, logistics and trade hub between Australia and Asia.The corridor will be able to move 1.4km-long freight trains, increasing the amount of produce, such as sugar and beef, and minerals that can be taken to the Port of Townsville. Member for Herbert Ewen Jones said he would lobby to siphon-off jobs for locals, so cash from the projects stayed in Townsville.The Government left the door open to contributing funds to the Townsville stadium project but it is now less likely to match federal Labor's pledge of $100 million. It will not be unveiled today.
QuotePrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's first promise to Queensland during the official election campaign is for a Townsville project - but it's not money for the northern city's high-priority football stadium.Mr Turnbull on Wednesday pledged $150 million towards the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor.He says the investment will provide a new 8km rail freight line to the city's port, and address an existing bottleneck in the supply chain.The project will deliver about 300 jobs during the construction phase as well, he said.But as he campaigns in the state's north, voters will likely be hoping he follows Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's lead and matches the state government's commitment of $100 million for a new Townsville stadium.Nevertheless, Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls has welcomed Mr Turnbull's rail corridor commitment."Upgrading the rail line into the Port of Townsville is an incredible commitment to the region, maximising productivity at the port and creating much-needed jobs for Townsville," Mr Nicholls said. "It's encouraging to see investment in key economic infrastructure for North Queensland after what has been a tough period for Townsville."The community is still reeling after mass job losses at Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel refinery.The push for a new stadium in Townsville comes after the NRL champion North Queensland Cowboys last week threatened they might need to leave the city if the new infrastructure wasn't built in the near future.The coalition government had made some announcements for Queensland in its budget just before the election, including road funding, but there was no mention of a stadium.
Quote from: ozbob on May 19, 2016, 06:35:26 AMThis in the ' I kid you not ' category ..Just heard Premier AP on the radio bemoaning the fact PM Turnbull has said they will put $150M towards the rail freight line in Townsville rather than put $100M to the footy stadium. She said the business case for the rail corridor is not finished, but the business case for the football stadium is, so that should be funded. It largely seems irrelevant to our Premier that the BCR for the stadium is in the order of 0.21.Following her logic, then the calls for CRR funding are not valid then either as no business case.Yep, won't be long now I reckon before we have a new state govt ....
Quote from: ozbob on May 19, 2016, 10:19:27 AMPremier AP et al are getting some very sad and bad advice I suspect. Looking very very silly ...NRL can chip in for the stadium. Football stadiums are not IA priorities ...The Blight Govt went the same way, a gibbering nut-house in the end ..
QuoteA rail link will connect Queensland's North Coast Line directly with the Port of Townsville under a $150 million investment announced by the Turnbull Government on May 18.Prime Minister Turnbull, now well into his election campaign, was joined at the north Queensland port by infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester and local member Ewen Jones to make the announcement.He said the $150 million commitment would address an emerging bottleneck in the supply chain, as well as removing freight trains from Townsville's suburbs, increasing safety and reducing congestion."Here in this great port, this port city of Townsville, 11 million tonnes are being exported [annually] at the moment, rising to 40 million tonnes in the decades ahead," Turnbull told the media."The new rail corridor is going to enable that to happen."Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads says the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) will allow 1400-metre trains to access the port. Train lengths are currently limited to 1000 metres on the Mount Isa line, and 650 metres on the North Coast line.As of its May report, Infrastructure Australia had the upgrade of the Mount Isa to Townsville rail corridor – which includes the TEARC – listed as a medium term priority initiative, in the business case development stage."In its current form, the rail line does not have capacity to cater for the projected increase in demand for rail haulage from mines in the Mount Isa region to the Port of Townsville," Infrastructure Australia said in February."Future demand on the line is, under the moderate scenario, estimated to be 20 million tonnes per annum."As of 2011, the line only had a theoretical capacity of 7.5 million tonnes per annum, Infrastructure Australia added.A 2012 preliminary evaluation of the TEARC estimated a cost of $221 million for the main project, and $160 million for consequential works, including the extension of crossing loops on the Mount Isa line to cater for 1400-metre trains.While the study is clearly not final, that would bring the total cost of the rail project to a rough estimate of $381 million.Turnbull said the Commonwealth estimates the $150 million commitment made on Thursday will make up half of the cost of the project."We are committing $150 million to it and we expect to be working with the Queensland Government to make it happen," he said."Putting that money on the table means the project should now go ahead. This has been a top priority. Anna Bligh has talked about it. The current premier has talked about it."This is a project that will be built at some point. It is one of those projects that has to be built."
QuoteIT'S not new money, but $187 million of the Coalition's $6.7 billion, 10-year 'Fix the Bruce Highway' plan will be brought forward from the ether into the 2019/20 financial year.Planning works originally not expected to begin until at least 2020 will now commence in 2017, with construction to begin after that, while feasibility studies are also being conducted on six-laning of the Bruce Hwy from Pine Rivers to Caloundra Rd and now the Sunshine Mwy-Maroochydore Rd Interchange stretch.Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester said the fast-tracking of the funding would help save lives.He said bringing forward the $187 million works on the interchange would help reduce congestion and improve safety on one of the region's major intersections.Mr Chester acknowledged there was frustration that work couldn't happen sooner, but noted there was significant planning and approval processes that had to be worked through, with the fast-tracking of funding to enable work to get underway once planning processes are complete ,,,
QuoteHe said bringing forward the $187 million works on the interchange would help reduce congestion and improve safety on one of the region's major intersections.
QuoteWHEN it comes to infrastructure projects, the Commonwealth has long been the "all care, no responsibility" level of government.They're like the carefree uncle who mixes unsolicited parental advice with cash splashes on the kids before returning to the sanctity of their bachelor pad.Federal administrations of both persuasions have long produced grand plans about their "nation-building" priorities. With these blueprints inevitably comes promises of independent decision-making and heady rhetoric about "driving economic growth". But in the end what do we get from federal governments? Invariably, it's commitments driven by political expediency. And that triggers the predictable bunfight over funding with the states.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was at it again this week with his promise to fix the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.Two stretches, including the notorious Gateway Motorway merge, would share in $215 million in funding.The Palaszczuk Government was supposedly going to gleefully fall over itself to stump up it's share of the funding. However, the problem was that what Turnbull was promising was a 50/50 funding split.This is despite the M1 being part of the Commonwealth's self-stated "National Land Transport Network", where 80/20 commitments are the norm.Turnbull insisted the State should pay as the M1 was "their road". It was a fair deal, the Federal Government claimed, because the route is predominantly used by commuters rather than freight, which it takes responsibility for.However, the M1 is specifically described in National Land Transport Network mapping as "non-urban". And it wasn't freight being addressed but the much more politically-popular issue of "people travelling to and from work".Even the RACQ warned the State Government would be "crazy" to take what Turnbull was offering.The State has accepted 50/50 deals before. They've done so for the Rocklea to Darra stretch of the Ipswich Motorway.But that was only after the Federal Government removed itself from any responsibility for this much-maligned section of the motorway and chose the better-maintained Logan Motorway for the national network.Of course, the State can't have it all its own way.They want the pick-and-choose approach when it comes to big-ticket public transport projects such as the Cross-River Rail.However, federal governments should just drop the facade about being committed to projects and planning if it's just going to constantly rewrite the rules whenever.Little wonder a national infrastructure authority made such a good topic for the satirical comedy Utopia.The whole thing is a joke. And it's on us.Steven Wardill is The Courier-Mail's state political editor
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