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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    QIP: Bligh Government plans 306 projects for South East Queensland

    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Thursday, November 03, 2011

    QIP: Bligh Government plans 306 projects for South East Queensland

    The Bligh Government has mapped out 306 projects crucial to the future of South East Queensland.

    They include 48 new primary schools, 17 new secondary schools and a new TAFE, up to 44 new Police stations, up to 14 new ambulance stations, up to 5 new fire stations, hospital expansions on the Gold Coast, Caboolture, Logan and the Sunshine Coast, a replacement Ipswich Hospital, numerous Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway upgrades, a Brisbane subway system, a North West rail line from Strathpine to the CBD, Coomera to Helensvale track duplication, future stages of the Northern, Eastern and South Eastern Busway, future stages of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit, and Pacific Motorway upgrades

    The projects are in the Queensland Infrastructure Plan which is Australia’s first statewide infrastructure plan.

    Premier Anna Bligh launched the document today setting out the state’s infrastructure needs for the next 20 years. It will be updated annually.

    The projects are in the Queensland Infrastructure Plan which was launched today by Premier Anna Bligh and sets out the state’s infrastructure needs for the next 20 years.

    “It’s estimated the SEQ population will increase by 1.3 million people over the next two decades and we want to be ready,” Ms Bligh said.

    “We are determined to deliver infrastructure that anticipates growth.

    “To do that you need a plan and this is the most comprehensive infrastructure planning document in Australia.

    “It includes projects funded by all three levels of Government, as well as the private sector.

    “These projects will help cater for population growth, improve people’s lives, and drive the region forward.

    “Importantly, they also give the construction industry a clear line of sight for investment and development,” Ms Bligh said.

    Since the draft version of the Queensland Infrastructure Plan was released for public consultation in July, more than 500 people have attended Way to Grow forums across the State to have their say. Another 7,000 have contributed online. The final QIP has 958 projects including 540 projects not in the draft.

    In South East Queensland the Bligh Government have identified a requirement for:

    Education

    • Up to 22 new primary schools between now and 2021
    • Up to 26 new primary schools between 2021 and 2031
    • Up to 6 new secondary schools between now and 2021
    • Up to 9 new secondary schools between 2021 and 2031
    • New TAFE facilities between now and 2021
    • Further TAFE facilities between 2021 and 2031

    Health and Emergency Services

    • Up to 44 new Police stations before 2031
    • Up to 14 new ambulance stations and 2 new ambulance communication centres by 2021
    • Up to 5 new fire stations by 2031
    • Hospital expansions at Caboolture and Logan between 2015 and 2021
    • A replacement Ipswich Hospital, planned for the period 2021-2031
    • The Coomera Health Precinct between 2015 and 2021

    Roads and Transport-Greater Brisbane

    • Rail track duplication from Sandgate to Shorncliffe, between 2015 and 2021
    • Rail track upgrades to the Cleveland line from Thorneside to Wellington Point to Cleveland, between 2015 and 2021
    • A third rail track from Kuraby to Loganlea, between 2015 and 2021
    • Rail track duplication from Caboolture to Beerburrum to Landsborough between 2015 and 2031
    • Future stages of the Northern, Eastern and South Eastern Busways from 2015 onwards
    • Cross River Rail, with procurement from 2013-14, followed by a Brisbane subway system between 2021-31
    • Pacific Motorway upgrades, including Gateway to Logan Motorway upgrades at Springwood from 2015 onwards
    • Ipswich Motorway upgrades, including from Rocklea to Darra from 2014-15 onward
    • Centenary Motorway, staged upgrade Ipswich Motorway to Milton Road between 2015 and 2021
    • Gateway Motorway Southern upgrade, Stage 3, between 2015 and 2021
    • Bruce Highway upgrades, including six-laning from Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway between 2015 and 2021, and six-laning from Caboolture to Caloundra Road between 2021 and 2031

    Roads and Transport-Gold Coast

    • Future stages of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit, which is currently under construction, from 2021
    • Pacific Motorway upgrades, including an additional interchange at Coomera North between 2015 and 2021, six-laning between Nerang and Tugun/Currumbin in Stages from 2015-21 onwards
    • Coomera to Helensvale track duplication from 2013-14 onwards

    Across Greater Brisbane, big infrastructure projects being delivered over the next 4 years include:

    • The Queensland Children’s Hospital
    • The Ipswich Hospital Expansion
    • Airport Link and Northern Busway extension
    • Moreton Bay Rail Link

    Across the Gold Coast, big infrastructure projects being delivered over the next 4 years include:

    • Gold Coast University Hospital
    • Robina Hospital Expansion
    • Facilities for a new showgrounds
    • Gold Coast Rapid Transit

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