Building Queensland has released its second independent analysis of Queensland’s priority infrastructure projects to assist the State Government in making major infrastructure decisions.

Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, said the release of the second Infrastructure Pipeline Report demonstrated the ongoing commitment to transparency and efficiency in infrastructure delivery.

“We know that building infrastructure is integral to delivering jobs and growing productivity across Queensland,” Ms Trad said.

“The Pipeline allows the Government to make informed decisions about which projects to investigate further and which projects to fund.

“Building Queensland’s arm’s length expert advice provides confidence that public money is being spent wisely.”

Ms Trad said the Queensland Government has already committed funding to five projects from the first Building Queensland pipeline, including the Cross River Rail, vital M1 upgrades and the European Train Control System.

“This update to the Pipeline affirms the need for the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project, a major priority for the Sunshine Coast community which will provide a more integrated and effective transport system and improve connectivity in South East Queensland,” Ms Trad said

An additional 19 proposals have been recommended in the Pipeline for further development including upgrades for the Port of Townsville, a new correctional precinct for Southern Queensland and a number of road and dam upgrades.

“Building Queensland will undertake a thorough analysis of these projects and they will be further considered in subsequent updates,” Ms Trad said.

“We are committed to following proper process and ensuring infrastructure development and prioritisation is done properly, for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

“It is essential that we are investing in projects that will both sustain the construction industry and create a lasting legacy for local communities throughout the state.”

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