Smart Infrastructure

 

Smart infrastructure is critical for connecting a state as geographically large as Queensland and for supporting business viability and competitiveness. Infrastructure is also required to enable exporters to efficiently cover the distance from production to customer, especially our major resources and agricultural sectors which are growing in volume and value.  

In the face of regular disruptive natural disasters and growing difficulties on water security, Queensland’s population continues to expand. The investment in smart and resilient infrastructure should be a budget priority to provide security and connectivity for businesses and communities across the state.

 

Accelerate eco-efficient infrastructure

  • Prioritise and fund the pipeline of projects under the 10-year roadmap for resource recovery, waste and circular economy projects in key regional locations 
  • Ensure allocation of waste levy funds towards the building of new circular economy projects 
  • Commit to City Deals for additional Queensland regions as a vehicle for agreed projects and funding models 
  • Align potential 2032 Olympic infrastructure spending with SEQ City Deal
  • Prioritise renewable energy integration without raising electricity costs
  • Increase funding for hydrogen infrastructure
  • Commit to developing and finalising business cases for priority water security projects 

 

Refocus investments in road, rail, runway and ports

  • Share data and business cases on priority rail connectivity to ports of entry 
  • Share data and business cases on improving transport connectivity between population centres 
  • Invest in strategic airline route development to support regions recovering from the COVID economic downturn 

 

Lower energy costs

  • Ensure $145 million allocated to renewable energy zones is effectively utilised 
  • Begin planning for reducing Regulatory Asset Base for Energy Queensland and removing competitive neutrality requirement for next revenue determination period