Our infrastructure priorities

What we’ll do

We will establish an independent body – Infrastructure South Australia – to ensure we have better infrastructure planning and more transparent decision-making based on what our state needs, not on short-term political imperatives.

As a result of the work of Infrastructure South Australia, by the end of the first term of a Liberal Government we will have South Australia’s first 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy which will prioritise spending over that period on new transport and other infrastructure.

We will ask Infrastructure South Australia to analyse as a priority, the following 10 major projects:

  1. Completion of the North-South road corridor
  2. A grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula to ensure the optimum location for this facility
  3. The GlobeLink upgrade of major export infrastructure
  4. An extension of tram services in the CBD
  5. An underground rail link in the CBD between the northern and southern train lines
  6. Completion of the Gawler Rail Electrification
  7. An extension of the O-Bahn between Tea Tree Plaza Interchange and Golden Grove
  8. Grade separations at major metropolitan intersections to enable removal of level crossings – prioritising projects based on their capacity to reduce traffic congestion and boost productivity
  9. Infrastructure development on Le Fevre Peninsula including light rail, commercial, retail, residential and recreational development to accommodate the needs of the Naval Shipbuilding Program at Osborne
  10. Sealing the Strzelecki Track.

In addition, we will ask Infrastructure South Australia to analyse major non-transport infrastructure projects including:

  1. The roll out of additional affordable housing opportunities
  2. Increased capacity of South Australia’s prisons
  3. New court infrastructure including the use of modern technology and satellite courts

Why we’re doing it

Infrastructure is central to everything a good government does.

Whether it’s growing our economy, building our schools, hospitals and roads, developing our public transport services, protecting our environment or enhancing our cultural and sporting facilities, government must plan and provide for the long term.

The Weatherill Labor Government however has mismanaged, cloaked in darkness, re-scoped, delayed or abandoned major projects – at the expense of taxpayers.

In doing so, the Government has shown a complete lack of understanding about the impact on businesses when projects are abandoned in the final stages of a tender process and what this does for the state’s reputation in the construction and financing sectors.

We must have better infrastructure planning and more transparent decision-making to support long-term economic growth, more jobs and better, more affordable services. We must make decisions based on what our state needs, not on short term political imperatives

That’s why we are committed to ensuring South Australia has the infrastructure we need to support our communities, jobs and economic growth.