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Pipeline Projects for Queensland's Economic Future

Building Queensland has published its latest Infrastructure Pipeline Report detailing the work occurring across Queensland Government assessing major infrastructure projects.

The Infrastructure Pipeline Report presents Building Queensland’s independent, expert view of priority infrastructure proposals under development by the Queensland Government. 

Since its inception in June 2016, the purpose of the Infrastructure Pipeline Report has been to inform government decision-making on infrastructure proposals under development.  Six editions later, the purpose remains unchanged with Part 1 focused on informing government’s decisions on unfunded proposals and Part 2 on proposals with funding commitments for delivery.  The report is presented in two parts:

  • Part 1 – Infrastructure Pipeline identifies Queensland Government infrastructure proposals that are unfunded for delivery with a minimum capital cost of $50 million. These are the proposals Building Queensland recommends are further analysed, or are ready for consideration by government.
  • Part 2 – Funded Proposals provides information on the detailed business cases Building Queensland is leading that have funding commitments for delivery from the Queensland Government.

Part 1 of the report outlines that the detailed business cases for the Brisbane Live Entertainment Arena Roma Street Project and the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A – Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads have been finalised and are now with the Queensland Government for consideration.

Part 2 of the Infrastructure Pipeline Report outlines the further six detailed business cases Building Queensland has completed in the last six months for projects with funding commitments. These include: Caboolture Hospital Expansion Stage 1; Five Schools Project; Bruce Highway Upgrade Program – Deception Bay Road Interchange Stage 1 (Package 3); M1 Pacific Motorway upgrades – Varsity Lakes to Tugun and Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill; and Cairns Shipping Development Project. 

Two new projects have been added to Part 2 of the report. Building Queensland recently commenced detailed business cases for the Cairns Convention Centre and Ipswich Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1A. These are in addition to Building Queensland’s lead role in ongoing business case development for: the Logan Hospital Expansion; Inner City South State Secondary College; Nullinga Dam and Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme Improvements; and Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment.

The Infrastructure Pipeline Report demonstrates there are projects in the pipeline that will underpin future economic growth.  However the gap in the report is analysis relating to estimates around value and how the sixth report stacks up against previous reports.

Analysis of non-residential building construction in Queensland (released last week by the ABS) continues to show a period of flat activity.   Our immediate future is all about the pipeline and ABS confirms that despite the Infrastructure Pipeline Report and much of the hype in recent months Queensland's non-residential building construction pipeline remains relatively flat at present.

The Infrastructure Pipeline Report can be found here

 

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