State Treasurer Cameron Dick has revealed specifics of the Queensland Government’s $13.9 billion capital works program for 2020-21.
The investment is a component of a $51.8 billion program of capital projects during a four-year period.
An important component of the program entails a $6.1 billion investment in transport infrastructure.
This will be invested in projects like the Ports of Gladstone and Townsville, Cross River Rail, Bruce Highway, Pacific and Ipswich motorways and a vast variety of regional roads.
Healthcare is a substantial category with investment in projects like the $70 million redevelopment of Cairns Hospital and mental health facilities.
Other investments include more than $16 million for new ambulance stations at Ormeau, Yarrabilba, Munruben and Urraween, a new QCN Fibre partnership with Toowoomba’s Pulse Data Centre to supply enhanced internet services for thousands of Darling Downs ventures, 20 million in support of the new Queensland Apprenticeships Centre at Beenleigh, providing training for popular industries including renewable hydrogen, $3.4 million to support joint projects involving Balonne, Bulloo, Maranoa, Murweh and Paroo councils to reinforce digital connections, and investment in public safety that includes $16.9 million for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ regional headquarters at Charlton, near Toowoomba, and the $52.2 million Wacol Counter-Terrorism and Community Training Centre, and new and updated fire and police stations throughout the state.
Dick said the program reinforced standing support for building and the building industry, which can be seen by way of projects like the:
- $51.8 billion Infrastructure Guarantee
- $200 million Building Acceleration Fund
- $50 million SEQ community stimulus program
- $400 million Accelerated Works Program
- $200 million Works for Queensland COVID-19 Recovery Package
- $100 million Housing Construction – Works for Tradies, and
- eliminating red tape and expediting planning approvals for building
Master Builders Association of Queensland Deputy CEO Paul Bidwell asserted that this program would prove a boon for commercial builders and trade contractors, both of whom face special challenges at this time—creating new jobs and opportunities for many.