ACT Budget $5 billion infrastructure program

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The Australian Capital Territory has announced a massive $5 billion infrastructure program as part of its 2021-22 ACT Budget, to create thousands of jobs and support its economic recovery.

With 250 projects and 14 ongoing programs of work already underway, the largest infrastructure program in the history of the Australian Capital Territory’s public sector will support more than 15,300 construction jobs, and help reach the goal of more than 250,000 jobs in the territory’s economy by 2025.

Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister and Treasurer, Andrew Barr, said, “Our infrastructure investment program provides an important pipeline of activity to support the economy and create jobs.

“Interest rates are the lowest since Federation, providing a once-in-a-century opportunity for the government to build sustainable, productivity-improving and growth-enabling infrastructure to prepare our city for the future.”

Health

Health and wellbeing infrastructure funding of $877 million over five years to 2025-26 will include new funding for projects such as a Cancer Research Centre at the Canberra Hospital, infrastructure upgrades at Calvary Public Hospital, planning for a new carpark at the Canberra Hospital and planning and design for a future hospital in Canberra’s north.

Schools and TAFE

A total of $950 million of funding will be invested in CIT and education infrastructure over the next five years. This helps to ensure that every child has a place at a great local public school and supports a skilled workforce as we recover from the impacts of this crisis.

Housing

Over the next five years, infrastructure investment in housing and community support and safety will total $935 million, including over $580 million for public housing growth and renewal.

Transport

Funding of $1.4 billion will allow for upgrades to Canberra’s sustainable and connected transport system, upgrades to roads and paths and improvements to active travel routes across the city.

Suburban infrastructure

Funding of $8.5 million will be allocated in 2021-22 to upgrade and improve major venues that host major sporting and other events in Canberra.

Funding of $2.9 million over two years will also be allocated for detailed design work for carpark upgrades at Stromlo Forest Park.

Emergency Services

Emergency services will receive a boost of more than $12 million for upgrades to the facilities across our emergency services including refurbishments for the Gungahlin Joint Emergency Services Centre.

Community facilities, parks and playgrounds

Planning and upgrades for new community facilities across Canberra include:

  • $18.7 million for local shopping centre upgrades
  • $9 million to progress the Throsby Home of Football
  • $300,000 over two years for a feasibility and design study, including a co-design process to determine a delivery approach for community facilities in Gungahlin
  • $1.65 million over three years for detailed design work for the Southern Memorial Park
  • $15 million over three years to deliver a purpose-built facility for Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation at its current Wanniassa location, to ensure it can continue to deliver vital services for children, young people and families
  • $5 million to continue the Healthy Waterways Project

Public Trading Enterprises

In addition to the $5 billion of investment by the General Government Sector, an additional $1.4 billion will be invested by Public Trading Enterprises over the next five years which will result in a record $1.3 billion in 2021-22 and $6.4 billion over the five years to 2025-26.

Read more at Infrastructure Magazine.