Infrastructure

October 2017

Government backs app for safer car choices – October 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure, IT,

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says a new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads.

September 2017

Registration of interest called for Inland Rail – September 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Companies now have the first opportunity to register their interest to construct a section of the historic Inland Rail project.

Governments and industry asked to nominate infrastructure priorities for 2018 – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Infrastructure Australia is calling on Australian governments and industry leaders to identify infrastructure problems and opportunities of national significance as part of its 2018 Infrastructure Priority List (IPL) update.

August 2017

New chair for Infrastructure Australia – August 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Julieanne Alroe has been appointed chair of the independent Infrastructure Australia board, following the retirement of Mark Birrell.

June 2017

Feedback called for freight infrastructure priorities – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester has released a discussion paper for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities and called for submissions.

New trade packages for North Queensland – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

The first trade packages have been released for the $250 million North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, opening the way to a major increase in local employment.

May 2017

Government to take on Western Sydney Airport development – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

The federal Government has confirmed that it will build Western Sydney Airport.

Government announces $20 billion rail program – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

The federal Government has committed to a $20 billion investment in rail projects in this year’s Budget.

December 2016

Rail and road user charges on agenda in response to infrastructure plan – December 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

In a major policy statement to Parliament, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has committed the federal Government to what he called five “key initiatives” in infrastructure policy.

November 2016

Environmental conditions for Western Sydney Airport announced – November 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced more than 40 environmental conditions, addressing environmental issues across biodiversity, noise and heritage, that must be adopted for the proposed development of the Western Sydney Airport.

Greens attack over Joyce’s responsibility for water policy – November 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

The Australian Greens have attacked the Government’s plan to have a multi-million water conservation project placed in the hands of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who is Minister for Agriculture and Water.

Joint Australia-New Zealand infrastructure initiative – November 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure, Trade,

The Australian and New Zealand governments have launched the Australia & New Zealand Infrastructure Pipeline (ANZIP), “reinforcing a shared commitment to Trans-Tasman collaboration, open markets, innovation and investment”.

General aviation priorities under review – November 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Industry Policy, Infrastructure,

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has announced a major study to identify priorities for General Aviation (GA) in the future.

Government funding for water projects – November 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced additional funding of $440 million to start key water projects across Australia.

October 2016

Xenophon moves for drone regulation – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Trade and industry, Infrastructure, Regulation,

South Australian crossbench Senator Nick Xenophon, now leader of the Nick Xenophon Team, says he will move to overthrow new “dangerous” drone rules, concerned that lax regulations could lead to mid-air collisions.

September 2016

Badgerys Creek transport options canvassed – September 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

The Federal and NSW governments are canvassing six alternative rail options to link the proposed western Sydney Badgerys Creek airport to the city.

Private sector invited to register for Inland rail project – September 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

The Government is inviting the private sector to register interest in the design, construction, delivery and financing of the Inland Rail project.

August 2016

Ausgrid infrastructure sale to China blocked on ‘national security’ grounds – August 2016

Filed under: Public Sector, National Security, Trade and industry, Energy, Infrastructure,

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has blocked the bids for New South Wales electricity network Ausgrid, citing of national security concerns.

July 2016

New transport infrastructure funds offered – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Labor has promised that, in government, it will improve infrastructure in Australia’s three largest cities - Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

New coordinator for regional investment proposed – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Agriculture, Infrastructure,

The Coalition says that if re-elected it will establish a Regional Investment Corporation to fast-track the delivery of $4.5 billion in Commonwealth drought and water infrastructure loans.

June 2016

Labor promises fibre-to-the premises at no extra cost – June 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

A change of government on July 2 will mean another shakeup in policy for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Labor promises $100 million for steel production in Whyalla – June 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Infrastructure, Investment,

A federal Labor government would provide embattled Whyalla steelmaker Arrium with a $100 million lifeline, with the money to go towards projects aimed at securing the long-term sustainability of the plant and local workforce.

May 2016

Government releases Cities Plan – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Infrastructure,

Prime Minister Hon Malcolm Turnbull has released the Government’s Smart Cities Plan, saying it will deliver jobs closer to homes, more affordable housing, better transport connections and healthy environments.

February 2016

Infrastructure Australia’s 15 year Australian Infrastructure Plan and Priority List – February

Filed under: Australian Politics, Infrastructure,

Infrastructure Australia has published a 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan setting out a priority list of more than 90 potential projects around the country and an extensive set of recommendations relevant to all levels of government about reforms to improve the delivery of infrastructure.

December 2015

Australian-led consortia secures NSW power network – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Energy, Infrastructure,

The federal Government has welcomed the New South Wales Government announcement that ‘NSW Electricity Networks’ was the successful bidder for the 99-year lease of TransGrid, the NSW electricity transmission network.

October 2015

Government approves Adani coal mine second time – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Energy, Infrastructure, Mining, Environment,

Second time around, the Federal Government has approved the development of Australia’s largest coal mine.

Shorten’s ‘business as usual’ approach after Liberal leadership change – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Infrastructure,

The Liberal Party’s change of leadership has been widely seen as a huge obstacle to Labor’s chances of winning next year’s election. But Labor leader Bill Shorten is pursuing a “strictly business-as-usual” approach.

Senate inquiry into controversial Perth Freight Link – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Infrastructure,

A Senate committee has been taking evidence in Western Australia on the controversial Perth Freight Link - the largest road project to be undertaken in WA.

September 2015

Legislation passed for Australia to join AIIB – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Infrastructure,

Before the Cabinet reshuffle, the then Treasurer Joe Hockey welcomed the passage of legislation that enables Australia to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

August 2015

PC says private sector ahead of Government on innovation – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Infrastructure,

Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris says that in developing infrastructure policy, pricing regulators should be given greater ability to weigh up, transparently, what can be achieved by a variety of options.

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