Infrastructure Australia has released its annual Infrastructure Priority List, detailing 121 ‘nationally significant infrastructure proposals’ valued at $58 billion that the agency says will deliver the best outcomes for the country.
“The 2019 Infrastructure Priority List is the largest, most comprehensive and most diverse list of investments identified by Infrastructure Australia to meet the challenges of the future. With a record 121 nationally significant proposals and a $58 billion project pipeline, the Priority List will guide the next 15 years of Australian infrastructure investment,” said Infrastructure Australia Chair, Julieanne Alroe.
The list, developed through the agency’s annual audit, includes over 100 major submissions from the last year provided by all levels of government.
Mr Alroe said that a good number of the current pipeline of works in the Priority List are critical for combatting the rising levels of congestion in the country’s metropolitan and urban areas.
“Congestion in our cities and faster-growing regional centres not only has significant consequences for the Australian economy, but has direct impacts on communities, reducing people’s access to education, health services, employment and other opportunities,” Ms Alroe said.
Many of this year’s new additions to the Priority List reflect the need for forward-thinking, ambitious solutions to support Australia’s future prosperity – such as the delivery of a national electric vehicle fast-charging network, which has been identified as a High Priority Initiative.