Federal Budget 2009 announced several transport infrastructure projects. Most notable was the omission of the ACT Government’s palm outstretched for $2 billion to build light rail. It did not get on the short list of the Infrastructure Australia projects: see National Infrastructure Priorities May 2009. Seems that the Feds saw some dodgy figures and requested more information. They however have handed out $395 million to the Queensland Government as part of a $850 million initial project to build light rail for the Gold Coast with the rest of the money to be potentially coughed up by the private sector. That is $850 million for 13kms folks, whereas what ACT Light Rail wants is something like 70kms on their new revised network map that they have on their website.
Surprisingly the Budget did hand out $61 million to the SA Government to build a busway extension for the O-Bahn system. This did not appear on the Priorities list so must have been done as a result of sound arguements from the SA Government. If only the ACT Government had proposed an O-Bahn system maybe……..sigh
Looks like the Queensland and SA Governments did their homework, gave robust figures that could be verified and the Feds accepted those figures. Maybe boys, you will have better luck when the economy recovers from 2013.
BTW, like your work regarding your demands to Canberra International Airport with what they should be doing with light rail: I’m convinced.