The 2019–20 Budget delivers a $12.941 billion capital works program to support 40,500 jobs across Queensland, with more than 60% of these jobs dedicated to regions not in the Greater Brisbane Region. The capital program includes funding for social housing, schools, hospitals, and cultural facilities. An overview of the key projects is below.
$777.7 million in capital expenditure has been announced for the health portfolio, including $78.6 million for the Regional Hospitals program, and $40.7 million for the Rural and Regional Infrastructure package. Projects funded will be in Gladstone, Nambour, Roma, Atherton, Sarina, Maryborough, Kingaroy, Blackall, Townsville, Mer (Murray) Island, and Thursday Island.
$5.625 billion investment in transformative transport infrastructure will be delivered to continue construction work on Cross River Rail which will include four new underground train stations and two renovated stations, create major upgrades to the M1 Pacific Motorway and the Bruce Highway; as well as further ongoing work on the Smithfield Bypass project.
Construction is due to start on the section of the M1 Pacific Motorway between Varsity Lakes and Tugun. The project is estimated a total cost of $1.03 billion. Further work on the M1 will include road widening between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill to eight lanes at a cost of $749 million. Significant Bruce Highway upgrades aimed at improving safety, flood resilience and capacity will also be covered in this budget. $160.8 million has been allocated to the Nambour to Beerburrum North Coast Line railway duplication. The Federal Government has already delivered $390 million towards the project.
There will be $2.66 billion in investment for the ongoing delivery of secure, safe, reliable and cost-efficient water and energy supplies. The Government will also invest $1.227 billion for the construction of new education facilities, as well as enhancements to present buildings.
There will also be investment in key infrastructure supporting the delivery of enhanced justice services, including $178 million on youth justice infrastructure.
There will be $153.6 million to upgrade water supplies and dams in South East Queensland, $479.3 million of capital purchases for a huge investment in social housing which includes construction of new dwellings and upgrades in Indigenous communities.