Monday, December 15, 2008

The Rudd Government's $A4.7 billion nation building package - New England Projects

New England did quite well out of the Australian Government's nation building package, if only because of coal.

The following table summarises New England projects. Full details on all the projects can be found here.

Project Value $ million
Pacific Highway Bulahdelah bypass 310
Hunter Valley: Liverpool Range new rail alignment 290
Hunter Valley: Minimbah Bank third rail line 114
Hunter Valley: Ulan line passing loop and duplication 57
Hunter Valley: bi-directional signalling Maitland-Branxton 40
Hunter Valley: St Helliers duplication 27
Sydney-Brisbane new, extended and upgraded  rail loops 45
Total 883

No New England projects were included in the education component of the package, although there will be some gains in the unallocated funds for general tertiary and TAFE upgrades. I will report on this when I have the details.

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