2020-21 Federal Budget – Infrastructure does well

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The 2020-21 Federal Government Budget has produced some additional funds for infrastructure bringing the total spend to $14 billion.

A significant number of the projects are in the regional and rural areas including:

  • The Coffs Harbour Bypass
  • Upgrades to the Shepparton and Warrnambool rail lines in Victoria;
  • The Singleton Bypass in NSW;
  • And additional funds for the Freight Network in Western Australia;

There are also some urban projects including

  • Main South Road Duplication in South Australia;
  • The Tasman Bridge Upgrade;

There is also a big focus on road safety with a $2 billion program. These funds will deliver small-scale road safety projects to provide short-term economic stimulus.

This coincides with the addition of a High Priority Initiative for Regional Road Network Safety Improvements to the Infrastructure Priority List back in February 2019.

The budget also includes $1.2 billion to employ 100,000 new apprentices and trainees

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto