Cross River Rail Powers Ahead
Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, with 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and CBD. Cross River Rail will see four new high capacity and two upgraded stations developed at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street, Dutton Park and the Exhibition showgrounds.
This second rail river crossing will double rail capacity across the river, ease congestion, improve network reliability and increase heavy rail accessibility to the Brisbane CBD for all of SEQ. The Government recognises the significant potential of this infrastructure to boost jobs and economic growth. During its five-year construction period, Cross River Rail will support up to 7,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs, with an average of 1,500 FTE jobs supported per year and almost 3,000 FTE supported jobs during the most intensive year of construction. This includes 450 apprentice and trainee opportunities.
Cross River Rail is being delivered through several works packages, with a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the Tunnels, Stations and Development package currently at the preferred proponent stage. This approach optimises risk allocation and provides opportunities for the private sector to provide innovation in relation to the delivery and maintenance of tunnels, stations and over station development.
During the 2018-19 financial year, the Cross River Rail project has progressed early works and procurement activities, with delivery and procurement overseen by the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority. Early works are now nearing completion and Preferred Proponents for the Tunnel, Stations and Development PPP consortia and the Rail, Integration and Systems alliance were appointed in April 2019, with contract award due in mid-2019. Further, preparation of the key project works site in Woolloongabba is well progressed following completion of the demolition of the Goprint and Landcentre buildings in late 2018.
Gateway Upgrade North
The $1.1 billion Gateway Upgrade North project was completed in early 2019, creating more than 1,000 direct jobs during its construction.
The project relieves congestion and improves safety on one of Queensland’s busiest roads, and increases the capacity and freight efficiency of this essential trade route. The Queensland and Australian governments jointly funded the project, with the Queensland Government contributing $215.45 million.
Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy
The Palaszczuk Government has released the $19 million Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy, to support regional Queensland to develop a world-class sustainable hydrogen industry. The Government has allocated $15 million of this funding to an industry development fund to advance renewable hydrogen projects in Queensland.
While the growth of the hydrogen industry will benefit all of Queensland, regional Queensland is in prime position to benefit, with large-scale developments expected to be in regional locations.
Gladstone has already benefited from Government support for the industry, with funding to support CSIRO in undertaking a pre-feasibility study on establishing a hydrogen demonstration plant.
Gladstone has been identified as a potential hydrogen hub for good reasons. Its existing industries, gas infrastructure, access to a deepwater export port, and an existing skilled workforce make it an attractive location for a growing industry.
Rookwood Weir progress
The $352 million Rookwood Weir project will enhance both water security and agricultural and industrial development in Central Queensland. The project is expected to create 100 jobs in regional Queensland during construction.
It is estimated the weir could add 76,000 megalitres of water for agricultural production along the Fitzroy River,
as well as an eventual back-up supply for Gladstone, Rockhampton and Livingstone Shire.
The Queensland and Australian governments are working in partnership to deliver the project. In parallel, Sunwater has progressed preparatory works, with early works for the project expected to commence in the second half of 2019.
In addition to the new weir, the project includes the construction of low level bridges at Riverslea and Foleyvale crossings, upgrades to Thirsty Creek Road and the Capricorn Highway intersection at Gogango, and the installation of culverts at Hanrahan Crossing.
Roma Hospital redevelopment
The $98.1 million Roma Hospital redevelopment project, an integral part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Enhancing Regional Hospitals Program, is currently the single largest Government investment in south west Queensland.
Construction of the state-of-the-art hospital building commenced in early 2019 and will provide an economic boost to the Roma community by creating around 100 jobs during construction. The new three-level building, which is being constructed adjacent to the existing hospital, will meet the health care needs of the Roma, Maranoa and broader communities.
Once completed, the redevelopment will deliver facilities including 18 single rooms (including palliative care and mental health care), two birth suites, emergency department, radiology department, pharmacy, morgue and a perioperative suite including two operating theatres. Free carparking will be provided via a dedicated staff carpark and public car spaces.
The new building will also include six accommodation units for families with patients in hospital or people having to travel long distances for day surgery.
Upgrading Cobb+Co Museum
The Palaszczuk Government has committed $57,000 in 2019-20 to Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba for important maintenance upgrades that will deliver strong tourism outcomes for the Darling Downs region.
With its proud history, Cobb+Co Museum is an iconic destination delivering record numbers in visitor growth. With assistance from the Palaszczuk Government, funding for air-conditioning and fire services will ensure Cobb+Co Museum remains one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved transport icons.
Home to the National Carriage Collection, Cobb+Co offers free local entry in partnership with Toowoomba Regional Council for local residents.
Far North Queensland
Ecotourism boost for Far North
The Palaszczuk Government has committed $2.9 million in 2019-20 out of a $5.7 million total spend to complete the seven-kilometre Mowbray North component of the Wangetti Trail, stretching from the Mowbray River to Port Douglas.
The 94-kilometre Wangetti Trail will be a leading adventure based ecotourism experience through the stunning coastal and hinterland scenery of the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas.
Local and international visitors will be able to enjoy a five-night walking or a two-night mountain bike adventure, public campsites and privately-operated luxury eco-accommodation. Adventure and natured based tourism is the fastest growing tourism sector in Queensland and the Wangetti Trail is set become of the centrepiece of ecotourism for our State.
Construction and operation of the $41.4 million Wangetti Trail will create approximately 75 jobs during construction and 150 jobs once operational with a focus on employment for Traditional Owners. It is expected to generate $10.5 million per year for the Far North Queensland economy.
The trail has strong support from the local Yirrganydji and the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People. The Government is working with Traditional Owners to create multi-generational business opportunities on the trail.
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
The new Cairns Performing Arts Centre has brought world-class performances from leading national and international companies to Far North Queensland since its opening in late 2018.
The Palaszczuk Government provided $15 million to the $71.1 million Cairns Regional Council development as part of its commitment to improving regional arts infrastructure and access.
Cairns Performing Arts Centre provides a 940-seat theatre as well as 400-seat black box theatre – more than double the capacity of the Cairns Civic Centre it replaced.
Construction of the new centre created local jobs, with 90 per cent of total works and materials supplied by local businesses and 95 per cent of trade contracts going to local companies.
Motorway projects on the move
With more than 180,000 vehicles travelling on the M1 Pacific Motorway each day and strong population growth on the northern Gold Coast, the Palaszczuk Government is planning for the region’s future transport demands.
The upgrade and widening of the M1 Pacific Motorway is being delivered in priority stages based on traffic volumes and best value for money. The Government is delivering several major projects on the M1, including the M1/M3 Gateway Merge project and the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes project.
The $1.030 billion upgrade of the M1 Pacific Motorway between Varsity Lakes and Tugun will jointly be delivered by the Queensland and Australian governments.
Another planned upgrade is to widen the motorway from six to eight lanes between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill.
The $749 million project, a jointly funded project by the Queensland and Australian governments.
Revitalising The Spit
The Palaszczuk Government is investing $60 million in The Southport Spit, supporting the delivery of The Spit Master Plan that will revitalise this important community asset while protecting its coastal parklands.
Over 18 months, the Government collaborated with the Gold Coast City Council and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority to deliver a community-led, long-term master plan for The Spit.
The master plan will balance commercial enterprise with environmental protection, and tourism potential with community amenity. Future development will unlock the potential for 1,800 new jobs through tourism, entertainment and recreation, as well as provide more than 800 short-term accommodation rooms.
Defence giant calls Ipswich home
The Palaszczuk Government and Rheinmetall Defence Australia have a 50-year vision for Ipswich’s new $170 million Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE).
With securing the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 project, MILVEHCOE will become Rheinmetall’s Australia-New Zealand headquarters and a hub for heavy vehicle manufacturing.
Rheinmetall’s Ipswich base will bolster skills and supply chains, reinforce Queensland as the home of Australian defence industries and become the nation’s gateway for export-ready defence technology.
From mid-2020, MILVEHCOE will deliver 211 Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles under LAND 400 Phase 2, with the project creating 450 long-term advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs for Queensland.
Rheinmetall is tendering for the $10-15 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 for 383 infantry fighting vehicles and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles from late 2024.
Clean energy for Ipswich
CleanCo Queensland is the State’s newest publicly-owned electricity generation and trading company.
As the State’s third publicly-owned generator, the Palaszczuk Government has committed $250 million over two years as an initial funding injection for CleanCo to build, own, operate and maintain a portfolio of clean energy assets for the benefit of all Queenslanders.
CleanCo will increase supply, drive down prices and support jobs in the renewable sector. CleanCo is critical to maintaining public ownership of energy generation and the Government’s strategy for jobs and business opportunities in an export-oriented renewable energy sector.
In 2019, CleanCo will take over ownership, trading and dispatch rights for 1,116MW of low and zero emissions generation assets from CS Energy and Stanwell, including the 570MW Wivenhoe pumped storage hydro station and the 385MW Swanbank E combined cycle gas-fired station.
In 2019-20, capital projects in the region include:
- $3.626 million for maintenance and overhauls at Wivenhoe
- $52.25 million for the Swanbank E major overhaul, Fast Start Upgrade and other projects.
By developing renewable assets, CleanCo will sustain jobs in the energy sector and support Queensland’s transition to 50 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030.
Commitment to sport and recreation in Logan
The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing Queenslanders with access to community facilities that encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
Logan residents are set to benefit from an ongoing investment in sport and recreation that aims to reduce barriers to participation in physical activity and provide more opportunities for community members to be active.
The Government is investing $9 million in the redevelopment of the Underwood Sports Park at Priestdale, which is set to become a multi-purpose community precinct. After community consultation and in collaboration with Logan City Council, planning is now underway for the redevelopment.
The Government is also investing $266,000 in new facilities at the Jimboomba Redbacks AFL Club to help the club increase the number of women and girls playing sport.
Government funding will also support community organisations to help with parents and carers to increase participation in physical activities for children up to eight years old.
New schools for Yarrabilba’s growing community
The Palaszczuk Government has committed $51 million to build the first stage of a new secondary school in Yarrabilba, one of the State’s fastest-growing master planned communities. The first sod was turned in March 2019.
Yarrabilba State High School is one of eight new Queensland state schools to open in 2020, welcoming Year 7 and 8 students at the start of the school year. The high school is also the second state school to be constructed in the Yarrabilba Priority Development Area within Logan City.
Yarrabilba State Primary School opened in 2018 and its construction was completed in two stages, with the Government accelerating the second stage to ensure the primary school could meet anticipated enrolment demands in 2019.
The Yarrabilba Family, Children and Community Hub is co-located on the primary school site. The hub co-locates a range of services, and offers educational, social and health-related activities for the community, particularly families with young children.
Backing Mackay sugar industry jobs
The Palaszczuk Government is supporting Mackay’s sugar industry, with the 2019-20 Budget committing up to $14 million towards securing an international investor in Mackay Sugar.
As the second largest sugar milling company in Queensland, Mackay Sugar is one of the largest employers in the region, with a workforce of almost 800 in peak season, and has a long association with the local community.
The support package underpins a proposed $120 million investment into Mackay Sugar by Nordzucker, one of the leading sugar companies in Europe.
The Government is also supporting Mackay sugar workers, with Mackay Canegrowers receiving $35,300 in 2018 as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. The funding helped 10 local jobseekers gain the skills and qualifications needed to work in the sugar industry.
Mackay Canegrowers recognises the sugar industry needs to rejuvenate its workforce and has a strong relationship with local growers.
Boost for islands ecotourism
The Palaszczuk Government is creating new opportunities for the State’s burgeoning ecotourism market, including securing private sector investment through Government-led and site-specific approaches to grow the industry.
In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017, a $7.3 million capital investment package was committed to deliver new, alternative and upgraded visitor facilities in the Whitsunday Islands National Park. This has already delivered walks on South Molle, Langford and Border Islands, with works underway in Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. Construction work commenced on the $2.78 million multi-day walk from Whitehaven Beach to Tongue Point in December 2018. An additional $5 million has been committed to establish premium ecotourism facilities on Whitsunday Island.
Adventure in the Outback
The Palaszczuk Government declared 2019 as the Year of Outback Tourism – a celebration of Queensland’s outback spirit through the promotion of outback tourism, history, culture, landscapes, events and achievements.
Tourism is vital for the outback’s future and the Queensland Government is committed to the growth of outback communities. The Government has invested considerably in Outback Queensland – providing communities and businesses with opportunities to access funding to help showcase what their region has to offer.
The Premier’s Outback Events Program provided $3 million for councils, community groups and businesses to help establish new events or to extend existing events and throw out the welcome mat to tourists.
Part of the Government’s $36 million Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund has been allocated to construct new infrastructure at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum in Winton. The museum is enhancing its tourism offerings to attract even more visitors from the growing paleo-tourism market.
Investing in Queensland’s mining industry
The Palaszczuk Government recognises the significant contribution our resources sector makes in promoting employment, exports and economic growth for Queensland.
The North West Minerals Province, centred around Mount Isa and Cloncurry, contains 75 per cent of the State’s base metal mineral endowment, containing copper, lead and zinc, as well as silver and phosphate deposits and rare earth potential.
Queensland Rail’s Mount Isa Line and the Port of Townsville form critical links between the region’s diverse mining activities and access to international markets.
To support the growth of Queensland’s mining industry, the Government has committed $20 million per annum to subsidise below-rail user access charges on the Mount Isa Line. The rail subsidy is expected to support existing mining operations, increase the viability of mine expansions, and encourage new investment in the region.
The Government is also investing $30 million over two years towards the construction and operation of loading and unloading facilities at the Port of Townsville, enabling increased capacity for containerised freight on the Mount Isa Line.
Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay
Caboolture Hospital expansion
The $352.9 million expansion of the Caboolture Hospital, an integral part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Building Better Hospitals program, will help address increasing demand by enhancing public hospital capacity and services in one of the fastest growing regions in South East Queensland.
Once completed, the redevelopment will feature new and expanded accommodation including an additional 16 spaces for the patient transit hub, 27 treatment spaces in the emergency department, 130 acute and sub-acute beds (overnight and same day beds), two operating theatres, four stage 1 recovery spaces, and an expansion of clinical support and facility support services.
Additionally, a new $46.6 million, 945 space multi-storey carpark at the Caboolture Hospital will be constructed to improve car parking access for patients, carers, and their families. At completion of the redevelopment and carpark projects, the site will have approximately 1,640 car park spaces.
Bruce Highway upgrade
The Palaszczuk Government continues to work with the Australian Government to deliver a jointly funded Bruce Highway Upgrade Program aimed at improving safety, flood resilience and capacity along its 1,700-kilometre length.
In 2019-20, the Government is progressing the $812.9 million Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project, which is vital for the continued development of the Sunshine Coast region.
The project will widen the Bruce Highway to six lanes from Caloundra to the Sunshine Motorway and include the construction of Australia’s first diverging diamond interchange at Caloundra Road. The project will also deliver a two-way service road for local traffic on the western side of the highway between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.
A key benefit of the upgrade is separating long-distance traffic from local traffic movements, allowing the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor.
To improve road safety, the project includes $79.8 million in joint funding for installing roadside safety barriers at designated locations along the Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast, with the Queensland Government providing $16 million and the Australian Government providing $63.8 million.
Investing in Queensland’s resources sector
The Palaszczuk Government recognises the critical role our resources sector plays in jobs, exports and economic growth for Queensland.
The North West Minerals Province contains copper, lead and zinc, as well as silver and phosphate, and rare earth potential.
To support growth in Queensland’s mining industry, the Government is investing $30 million over two years in new freight facilities at the Port of Townsville, increasing capacity for containerised freight on the Mount Isa Line. The Government has also committed $20 million per year to subsidise below-rail user access charges on the Mount Isa Line.
The new facilities will reduce the need for truck transport between train and port terminals, reduce cost and time for containerised freight, and improve local road safety.
As the largest commercial port in Northern Australia, the Port of Townsville is Australia’s largest sugar, zinc, lead, copper and fertiliser port.
The Port of Townsville’s shipping channels will be widened in the first stage of a $1.64 billion expansion, which will remove existing limitations to the port and secure North Queensland’s place in the supply chain.
The two-year $193.5 million widening stage will create 120 full-time jobs in the region during construction.
The Townsville Port Channel Upgrade, part of the Townsville City Deal, is a joint project of the Queensland and Australian governments and Port of Townsville Limited.
Construction work on the $290 million North Queensland Stadium project commenced in 2018. The project will deliver an iconic, 25,000-seat stadium in Townsville in time for the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiership Season.
The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council, and is supported by both the NRL and North Queensland Cowboys. The stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.
The project aims to maximise employment and business opportunities for the people of Townsville and the North Queensland region, supporting 250 jobs per year during construction.
The stadium will also be a catalyst for urban renewal and regeneration for Townsville’s inner city and waterfront. Once complete, the stadium will host a multitude of sporting, cultural and community events.
Upgrades for Wide Bay hospitals
The Palaszczuk Government is upgrading the Wide Bay’s key hospitals to care for a growing population.
In 2018-19 the Hervey Bay Emergency Department expansion was completed, and in 2020 the $14 million upgrade of Maryborough Hospital will be completed. These upgrades will support 15 jobs over one year and will deliver sufficient capacity to accommodate current and future service demand and support contemporary models of care.
The upgrade of the Maryborough Hospital will include over 2,000 m2 of refurbishment and extensions which will create an average of 11 new jobs over two years. This includes increasing the existing emergency department to six treatment spaces, delivering a more contemporary outpatient facility for the specialists outpatient department, providing the hospital its first CT scanner, and improving the hospital’s main façade.
The Kingaroy Hospital will also be redeveloped to improve service delivery and facilities to support a growing population.
Key improvements include the extension and upgrade to the emergency department, redevelopment of perioperative areas, maternity services upgrade, inpatient and outpatient facilities including specialist consultation rooms, dialysis and new day infusion services, and a medical imaging department. Construction will create an average of 54 jobs over four years.
Turtle centre upgrade investment
One of Bundaberg’s most iconic tourist attractions is set to benefit from increased Palaszczuk Government investment to deliver a world-class, year-round ecotourism and research attraction.
The new $21.1 million Mon Repos Turtle Centre will provide a new visitor centre, upgraded visitor facilities and an immersive ecotourism experience.
Located at Mon Repos Conservation Park, the marine turtle nesting centre provides a unique wildlife experience for visitors and supports Bundaberg’s economy and tourism industry.
The new Mon Repos Turtle Centre will include state-of-the-art marine turtle interpretation designed to harmonise with the site’s history, people and landscape. Other site works include a cycling/walking track and upgrades to boardwalks, pathways, carparks and the park amphitheatre.
Most work on the centre has been contracted to local Bundaberg or other Queensland businesses.