Update of QLD’s SIP program to boost economy and support jobs

Two weeks ago, the Queensland Government released the 2017 update of the State Infrastructure Plan (part B program) which underpins economic growth and supports jobs.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad said the State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) provides confidence and certainty to industry, local government and the community.

“This update to the SIP confirms the Palaszczuk Government’s $42 billion infrastructure investment over the next four years with a clear program of works and many new projects being delivered,” Trad said.

“Over the forward estimates we are spending a massive $42 billion on infrastructure and the SIP is our blueprint for this investment that ensures we are delivering the right projects, at the right time, for the right price.

“We have a plan that and it has already improved the way infrastructure planning is coordinated across government,” Trad said.

“This 2017 update has tracked the progress of all projects and shows how critical infrastructure is being delivered over time.

She went on to say that the SIP revealed in the last year, more than 400 construction projects were completed or are underway including three new hospitals and four new schools, 129 km of state-controlled road have been upgraded and 1200 megawatts of renewable energy projects are approved.

The update also included a number of new features including better integration with regional plans across the state and links in with the Building Queensland pipeline for projects over $50 million.

“It has already improved the way infrastructure planning is coordinated across government and means projects get on the go faster,” said Trad.