Investing in our communities

 

Key initiatives and projects

Congestion busting infrastructure getting you home safer and sooner

A record $100 billion investment will deliver faster and safer commutes across Australia and ensure our towns and regions are better connected. Less time in congestion means more time at home doing the things that matter to you and your family.

This Budget substantially increases the Government’s transport infrastructure investment. Key initiatives include:

  • $2 billion to help deliver fast rail between Melbourne and Geelong, cutting the journey time in half to 32 minutes
  • A fourfold increase in the Urban Congestion Fund to $4 billion, with projects to target congestion in some of our worst affected urban areas
  • This includes $500 million to establish the Commuter Car Park Fund to allow more people to park and ride, taking tens of thousands of cars off our major roads per day
  • A Road Safety Package of $2.2 billion, including $1.1 billion for vital maintenance and repair, $550 million in increased funding for the Black Spots Program, and an additional $571 million for bridge renewals and safety including heavy vehicles.

Investing in our cities and our energy future

City Deals with a total Commonwealth commitment of $5.7 billion are being delivered in Townsville, Launceston, Western Sydney, Darwin, Hobart, Geelong and Adelaide. These Deals are prioritising increased access to jobs, services and affordable housing, and stimulating economic activity through infrastructure and innovation. We have also recently added a Deal for South East Queensland.

The Government is taking action to support more affordable, reliable and sustainable energy by investing $1.4 billion in the Snowy 2.0 project in NSW and $56 million for a feasibility study for the Marinus Link interconnector across Bass Strait to unlock Tasmania’s energy capacity through the Battery of the Nation project.

Unlocking the potential of our regions

The Government is providing a further $200 million for a fourth round of the Building Better Regions Fund, to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities.

Regional Australia will benefit from a new $220 million investment in improved internet and mobile services through the Stronger Regional Connectivity Package.

The Government is investing $100 million in Regional Airport infrastructure upgrades to improve airport safety and access.

Boosting tourism and sport

The Government is investing $543 million in tourism, including:

  • $184 million to support tourism along the Great Ocean Road and in Geelong,
  • Up to $216 million to upgrade visitor facilities in Kakadu National Park.

The Government is allocating $150 million to remove barriers to participation in sport for women through the provision of better change rooms and access to community swimming facilities. This builds on our $100 million Community Sport Infrastructure Program, which has already delivered 456 projects across the country.

A better deal for the regions

Building on the success of the City Deals, the Government is rolling out Regional Deals. These include:

  • the Barkly Deal, covering the Tennant Creek region in the Northern Territory ($45.4 million),
  • the Hinkler Deal, covering the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay area in Queensland ($173 million),
  • the Albury Wodonga Deal, on the New South Wales and Victoria border (under negotiation).

Supporting our farmers

The Government is providing $6.3 billion in drought assistance and concessional loans for farmers and farming communities.

As part of this, to prepare for future droughts, the Government is investing $3.9 billion in the Future Drought Fund.

Flood-affected farmers in North Queensland will have access to up to $300 million in grants to rebuild farm infrastructure, replace livestock and replant crops.

Transport infrastructure now and for the future

A record $100 billion is being invested in our highways, roads, rail and airports over the coming decade

Delivering on investments and creating jobs

The Government’s transport infrastructure investment is delivering better roads and rail to help Australians commute, move freight and get home sooner and safer. Since 2013 we have invested over $42 billion in over 600 major projects, of which 279 are now complete.

Construction is well underway on once-in-a-generation projects including the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail. We are also working closely with the Victorian Government on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.

Our infrastructure investments have driven the creation of more than 50,000 jobs since 2013-14.

Record infrastructure investment

The 2019-20 Budget increases our previous $75 billion infrastructure investment commitment, taking the total to a record $100 billion.

We are investing $2 billion in fast rail between Melbourne and Geelong. We will also develop fast rail business cases for five new routes, on top of the three routes already in development.

We are tackling congestion, with a fourfold increase in urban congestion funding from $1 billion to $4 billion.

Congestion limits access to employment and services and obstructs access to domestic and international markets. Priorities include upgrades to key major corridors and arterial roads as well as smaller local pinch points, which often significantly impact on commuting times. A new $500 million Commuter Car Park Fund will allow more commuters to park and ride taking tens of thousands of cars off our roads.

We are improving freight routes by committing a further $1 billion to improve our network of Roads of Strategic Importance on top of our existing $3.5 billion investment. This will better connect communities and make it easier for regional businesses to access markets. We are also working with the states, territories and business to roll out a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

We are investing an extra $15.6 billion in major road and rail projects in addition to increased commitments for safety, fast rail, urban congestion and roads of strategic importance.

We are providing an extra $2.2 billion for local road safety upgrades. As part of this, local councils will receive an additional $1.1 billion for vital road maintenance. An additional $550 million will be targeted at accident black spots, and an additional $571 million will be provided for bridge renewals and heavy vehicle safety including the establishment of an Office of Road Safety with $15.2 million for innovative safety research.

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Major projects
$15.6 billion

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Urban Congestion and Commuter Car Park Funds
$4 billion

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Roads of Strategic Importance
$4.5 billion

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Safety for local roads
$2.2 billion

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Fast Rail
$2 billion

Fast Rail

The Government will deliver $2 billion to bring fast rail to life between Geelong and Melbourne, cutting the journey in half to 32 minutes.

The congestion-busting rail will be the first of its kind in Australia – travelling at the fastest speeds of any train line in the nation at an average of 160 km/h.

The fast rail connection will provide the commuters on this key transport corridor with faster and more reliable journey times, unlocking new economic and social opportunities for the region.

As part of the Government’s Planning for Australia’s Future Population package, transport infrastructure investment will help take pressure off the big cities and support the growth of the regions.

The Government’s 20 year fast rail plan is to have more efficient and reliable journeys along strategic corridors connecting major regional centres with capital cities.

This plan includes $40 million for detailed assessments of five fast rail corridors from Sydney to Wollongong, Sydney to Parkes (via Bathurst and Orange), Melbourne to Albury Wodonga, Melbourne to Traralgon, and Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

These will complement the three presently underway that the Commonwealth has funded, which include Sydney to Newcastle, Melbourne to Greater Shepparton, and Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.

A National Faster Rail Agency will be established to provide advice to the Government on fast rail, as well as to identify fast rail corridors and lead the development of business cases.

State and Territory transport projects

New South Wales

The Government has committed $7.3 billion to new projects to bust congestion, improve safety and better connect towns and regions

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Major projects underway

  • Western Sydney (Nancy-Bird Walton) International Airport
    $5.3 billion
  • Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour Bypass
    $971 million
  • Port Botany Rail Duplication
    $400 million
  • Nowra Bridge
    $155 million
  • Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail total funding
    $9.3 billion

New commitments

State allocation
$6.6 billion
M1 Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace
$1.6 billion
Pooncarie Road
$12.5 million
Hawkesbury River Third Crossing
$200 million
Newell Highway
$400 million
M12 Motorway (additional funds)
$405 million
Western Sydney North-South Rail Link
$3.5 billion
Princes Highway
$500 million
Urban Congestion Fund
$254 million
King Georges Road
$50 million
Blaxland Road, Eastwood
$4.5 million
Princes Highway at Waratah St, Kirrawee
$4 million
The Horsley Drive
$95 million
Homebush Bay Drive (including Australia Ave and Underwood Road)
$50 million
Commuter Car Park Upgrades (Gosford, Panania, Hurstville, Woy Woy)
$50 million
Roads of Strategic Importance
$496 million
Toowoomba to Seymour (NSW, QLD, VIC)
$300 million
Tenterfield to Newcastle
$140 million
Dixons Long Point Crossing
$16 million
Clarence Town Road – Raymond Terrace to Dungog
$20 million
Bucketts Way
$20 million

Victoria

The Government has committed $6.2 billion to new projects to bust congestion, improve safety and better connect towns and regions

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Major projects underway

  • Melbourne Airport Rail Link
    $5 billion
  • Key transport links in Melbourne:
    $2.75 billion
    • North East Link
      $1.75 billion
    • Monash Freeway
      $500 million
    • M80 Ring Road
      $500 million
  • Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail total funding
    $9.3 billion

New commitments

State allocation
$5.3 billion
Goulburn Valley Highway, Shepparton Bypass (stage 1)
$208 million
Western Highway (Final Stage of Duplication from Ararat to Stawell) additional
$360 million
Victorian Congestion Package, including:
$162 million
  • Racecourse Road, Pakenham
    $70 million
  • Napoleon Road, Ferntree Gully
    $50 million
Princes Highway
$300 million
Geelong to Melbourne Fast Rail
$2 billion
South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Rail Upgrade (stages 2 and 3)
$700 million
Suburban Roads Upgrades (South Eastern and Northern Roads)
$1.14 billion
Wellington Road Duplication
$110 million
Sealing roads in the Dandenong Ranges and surrounds
$300 million
Urban Congestion Fund
$396 million
Hume Freeway (Lithgow Street to M80 Ring Road)
$50 million
Calder Freeway (Gap Road to the M80 Ring Road)
$50 million
Ballarto Road, Skye
$30 million
Plymouth Road improvements
$2.5 million
Princes Highway Intersection Upgrades - Pakenham to Beaconsfield
$17.8 million
McGregor Road, Pakenham
$13 million
Fitzsimons Lane/Main Road corridor, Eltham
$10 million
Thompson Road extension
$70 million
Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
$20 million
Commuter car parks (Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Mitcham, Ringwood, Bentleigh, Hampton)
$68 million
Mornington Peninsula grade separation and duplication to Boneo Road
$65 million
Roads of Strategic Importance
$490 million
Swan Hill Bridge
$60 million
Echuca to Robinvale
$20 million
Ballarat to Ouyen
$10 million
Melbourne to Mildura
$60 million
Toowoomba to Seymour
$160 million
Stawell to SA Border
$60 million
Southwest Victoria
$80 million
Other Roads of Strategic Importance projects
$40 million

Queensland

The Government has committed $4 billion to new projects to bust congestion, improve safety and better connect towns and regions

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Major projects underway

  • Bruce Highway
    $10 billion
  • M1 Pacific Motorway
    $1.2 billion
  • Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade
    $390 million
  • Brisbane Metro
    $300 million
  • Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail total funding
    $9.3 billion

New commitments

State allocation
$2.6 billion
Cairns Ring Road
$287 million
Gladstone Port Access Road
$100 million
Warrego Highway (additional funding)
$320 million
Gateway Motorway (Bracken Ridge to Pine River)
$800 million
M1 (Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway)
$500 million
Cunningham Highway projects
$170 million
Bruce Highway
$425 million
  • Townsville Ring Road
    $144 million
  • Maroochydore Road Interchange
    $91.4 million
  • Buxton Road
    $10 million
  • Cairns Southern Access (stage 5)
    $180 million
Urban Congestion Fund
$379 million
Lindum Crossing
$85 million
Indooroopilly Roundabout
$25 million
Mooloolaba Access Upgrade
$12 million
Ipswich Motorway
$50 million
M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade Program
$50 million
Gympie Arterial Road
$50 million
Beaudesert Road/Mt Lindesay Highway
$30 million
Panorama Drive - Wellington St
$15 million
Commuter Car Park Upgrades
$15 million
Newnham Road - Wecker Road Intersection Upgrade
$12 million
Additional projects
$34.8 million
Roads of Strategic Importance
$1 billion
Cooktown to Weipa
$190 million
Townsville to Roma
$100 million
Cairns to NT border
$50 million
Tennant Creek to Townsville
$200 milion
Shute Harbour Road
$29.6 million
Yeppoon Road Duplication
$64 million
Mt Isa to Rockhampton
$190 million
Quay Street, Bundaberg
$32 million
Bargara Road Upgrade, Bundaberg
$8 million
Pialba Torbanlea Road Upgrade, Hervey Bay
$24 million
Urraween/Boundary Road Extension, Hervey Bay
$7.7 million
Isis Overtaking Lane, Hervey Bay
$4 million
Toowoomba to Seymour (QLD, NSW, VIC)
$50 milion
Toowoomba to Ipswich
$60 million

Western Australia

The Government has committed $1.6 billion to new projects to bust congestion, improve safety and better connect towns and regions

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Major projects underway

  • METRONET
    $2.3 billion
  • Perth Congestion Package
    $944 million
    including Tonkin Highway
    $581 million
  • Bunbury Outer Ring Road
    $560 million

New commitments

State allocation
$933 million
Tonkin Highway
additional $349 million
Oats Street/Welshpool Road/Mint Street (Level Crossing)
$208 million
Fremantle Traffic Bridge
$115 million
Bunbury Outer Ring Road (stage 2 and 3)
additional $122 million
Albany Ring Road
$140 million
Urban Congestion Fund
$122 million
Perth projects, $95.8 million for:
  • Lloyd Street Extension, Hazelmere
    $20 million
  • Shorehaven Boulevard/Marmion Avenue Intersection, Alkimos
    $2.5 million
  • Abernathy Road, Kewdale
    $13.2 million
  • Transforming Freeways – widen and introduction of ITS (Kwinana and Mitchell Freeway)
    $50 million
  • Thomas Road and Nicholson Road in Oakford
    $10 million
Mandurah $26 million for:
  • Lakelands Station
    $10 million
  • Mandurah Station Parking Bays
    $16 million
Roads of Strategic Importance
$535 million
Alice Springs to Halls Creek (NT, WA)
$75 million
Karratha to Tom Price
$248 million
Newman to Katherine (NT, WA)
$70 million
Port Augusta to Perth
$50 million
Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network
$70 million
Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation (stage 1)
$22 million

South Australia

The Government has committed $2.6 billion to new projects to bust congestion, improve safety and better connect towns and regions

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Major projects underway

  • North-South Road Corridor
    $3 billion
  • Gawler Rail Line Electrification
    $220 million
  • Joy Baluch Bridge
    $160 million

New commitments

State allocation
$2 billion
SA Regional Roads Package, $260 million, including:
  • Victor Harbor Road duplication
    $73.6 million
  • Horrocks Highway Corridor
    $44 million
SA Supplementary Local Roads Funding
$40 million
North-South Corridor (Future priorities)
additional $1.5 billion
Princes Highway
$200 million
Urban Congestion Fund
$341 million
SA Metro Intersection Upgrade Program, $244 million, including:
  • Torrens Road (Ovingham) level crossing upgrade
    $116 million
  • Brighton Road (Hove) level crossing upgrade
    $85.5 million
  • Main North Road/Nottage Terrace junction upgrade
    $9.5 million
  • Main North Road/McIntyre Road/Kings Road upgrade
    $6.5 million
  • Grand Junction Road/Hampstead Road
    $9.5 million
  • Glen Osmond Road/Fullarton Road upgrade
    $17.5 million
Various projects:
$97 million
  • Cross Road Fullarton Intersection
    $30.5 million
  • Goodwood, Springbank and Dawes Road Intersection
    $17.5 million
  • Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection
    $49 million
Roads of Strategic Importance
$220 million
Port Augusta to Perth (SA, WA)
$100 million
Cockburn to Burra
$50 million
Renmark to Gawler
$70 million

Tasmania

The Government has committed $313 million to new projects to bust congestion, improve safety and better connect towns and regions

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Major projects underway

  • Bridgewater Bridge Replacement
    $461 million
  • Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program
    $120 million
  • Midland Highway
    $400 million

New commitments

State allocation
$68 million
Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program (tranche 3)
$68 million
Urban Congestion Fund
$35 million
Hobart Congestion Package
$25 million
Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Solutions
$10 million
Roads of Strategic Importance
$210 million
Birralee Main Road upgrade between Westbury and Frankford
$24 million
Old Surrey Road/Massey Green Drive
$16 million
Murchison Highway
$25 million
Lyell Highway upgrade, Queenstown and Strahan
$15 million
Hobart to Sorrell Road Corridor
$130 million

Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory

The Government has committed $50 million to new projects in the ACT and $622 million to new projects in the Northern Territory to bust congestion, improve safety and better connect towns and regions

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Major projects underway

ACT

  • Monaro Highway Upgrade
    $100 million

NT

  • Central Arnhem Road Upgrade
    $180 million
  • Buntine Highway Upgrade
    $100 million

New commitments

ACT allocation
$50 million
William Slim Drive Duplication
$20 million
Kings Highway
$30 million
NT allocation
$130 million
Tiwi Island Roads
$60 million
Jabiru Road upgrades (Kakadu National Park)
$70 million
Roads of Strategic Importance (NT)
$492 million
Adelaide River to Wadeye
$60 million
Newman to Katherine (NT, WA)
$40 million
Tennant Creek to Townsville (NT, QLD)
$70 million
Alice Springs to Darwin
$162 million
Alice Springs to Halls Creek (NT, WA)
$160 million

Supporting farmers to recover from floods

Providing disaster relief funding in North Queensland will ensure the region gets back to its best

The Government has responded quickly to support farmers and communities devastated by the North Queensland floods and weather events. $232 million has been made available to help North Queenslanders affected by these disasters.

The Government is also creating a new $3.9 billion Emergency Response Fund to provide a sustainable source of funding to respond to natural disasters in the future.

The recent floods devastated the Queensland farming community, with the cattle industry particularly affected. The Government is helping restore the industry’s important contribution to the national economy and local communities.

Up to $300 million will be made available for grants to help flood affected farmers rebuild damaged farm infrastructure, replace livestock and replant crops.

These grants and certain disaster relief payments will be exempt from income tax.

The Government is also working with banks to provide up to $1.75 billion in low-cost loans to support banks offering lower interest rates to eligible flood-affected primary producers.

A new loan product available from the Regional Investment Corporation will also help eligible farmers to refinance their existing debts. Farmers can borrow up to $5 million, with two years interest free and three years of interest-only repayments.

The Government is also investing $28 million in four new weather radars to help Queenslanders prepare for and mitigate the impact of future floods.

Helping to shoulder the burden of drought

Working with farmers and farming communities to get through hard times

Supporting farmers and communities

Drought is a reality of the Australian environment and is currently affecting farmers across much of Australia.

The Government is providing $6.3 billion in assistance and concessional loans to help farmers get through tough times.

Funding of $199 million is being provided to help farming families in hardship by increasing access to income support through the Farm Household Allowance.

The Government is working with major charities to provide $35 million of cash payments and vouchers to help meet the basic needs of struggling families.

Funding of $50 million is being provided to cover up to a quarter of farmers’ investment in on-farm water infrastructure, such as piping, tanks and troughs.

The Government is paying 96 drought-affected local councils $1 million each for local infrastructure and drought relief projects under the Drought Communities Program.

The Government is providing $2.5 million in this Budget for increased mental health and wellbeing support for farmers in hardship in drought-affected communities. This builds on $26.9 million of funding provided in MYEFO 2018-19.

$5 million of increased funding for the Rural Financial Counselling Service is helping farmers to access specialised financial advice.

Helping farmers prepare for future droughts

The Government is investing $3.9 billion in the Future Drought Fund. The Fund will grow to $5 billion over the next decade while enabling the Government to invest $100 million each year in water infrastructure and drought resilience.

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$97.4 million Drought Communities Program

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$50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

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$5 billion Future Drought Fund

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$29.4 million increased funding for mental health and wellbeing

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$35 million for charities to help meet basic needs

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Regional Investment Corporation drought support loans

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Improved weather forecasting and new BoM radars

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Accelerated depreciation of fodder storage assets

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Increase to the Rural Financial Counselling Service

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$199 million for increased access to Farm Household Allowance

Creating opportunities in the regions

Growing our regions through the decentralisation agenda and Regional Deals

Strong regions are critical to Australia’s economic success. Regional Australia employs around one-third of Australia’s workforce, and eight out of Australia’s top ten exports are largely produced in the regions.

Regional Australia often faces distinctive economic, social and environmental challenges such as geographic isolation and distance from services. In response, the Government has targeted investments to improve connectivity and access to services.

Creating jobs

Since 2013 more than 1700 Australian Public Service jobs have been relocated or established outside of Canberra, central Sydney and central Melbourne to support well-paid, secure employment in our regions. In this Budget, the Government has committed to moving a further 191 jobs from Comcare, Indigenous Business Australia, the Australian Financial Security Authority, the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Regional Deals

Regional Deals are a new place-based approach to government investment in our regions, towns and smaller cities. They bring together the three levels of government to focus on: building economic resilience, facilitating collaboration, investing in local leadership capacity and harnessing each region’s unique strengths.

The Government is rolling out Regional Deals in three locations: Barkly (covering Tennant Creek and the surrounding region in the Northern Territory), Hinkler (focusing on Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in Queensland), and Albury Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victoria border.

Barkly Regional Deal

Location – Barkly Region, covering Tennant Creek and surrounding areas, Northern Territory

Partners – Australian Government, Northern Territory Government, Barkly Regional Council, and the local community including Aboriginal peoples and local business leaders

Total deal value – $78.4 million

Australian Government funding – $45.4 million

Project description – The 10-year Barkly Regional Deal is Australia’s first ever Regional Deal, improving the productivity and liveability of the Barkly region. Responding to the economic and social challenges facing the region, measures in the Deal will focus on stimulating economic growth, improving social outcomes including reducing overcrowding and improving child safety, and supporting local Aboriginal leadership.

Supporting regions to grow and prosper

Providing support for the advancement of regional communities

Regional communities offer a great lifestyle for Australian families, and the Government is committed to support their liveability and prosperity into the future.

Since 2013, the Government has provided more than $3 billion in support through a number of programs including the Building Better Regions Fund, Stronger Communities Program, Regional Growth Fund, Community Development Grants Program, National Stronger Regions Fund, and Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

In this Budget, the Government is providing a further $200 million for a fourth round of the Building Better Regions Fund bringing combined total funding including the National Stronger Regions Fund to $1.5 billion, this will continue to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future through infrastructure and community development.

In addition, the Government will allocate $22.7 million for another round of the Stronger Communities Program, bringing total funding for this Program to $117 million, to ensure small community organisations can upgrade their infrastructure, buy new equipment, and continue to provide the social benefits regional communities rely on.

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Busselton Jetty Tourism Precinct – Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment:

Location – Busselton WA

Total project cost - $4.5 million

Australian Government funding - $1.5 million

Project end date – 31 Dec 2019

The Australian Government committed $1.5 million under round one of the Building Better Regions Fund to support the City of Busselton construct a stage, amphitheatre, market stalls, pathways, nautical themed adventure playground and gardens at the Busselton Jetty foreshore precinct. This project is contributing to the overall Busselton foreshore redevelopment, creating a world class waterfront destination resulting in private investment and increasing tourism visitations which in turn is fostering growth in the regional economy and jobs.

Working together to create great places to live and work

Unlocking the potential of our cities

Working closely with state, territory and local government partners, the Government is assisting urban and regional communities to reach their full potential through City and Regional Deals.

Each deal is customised to make the most of the community’s unique strengths and respond to their specific needs. To date, Deals have focused on increasing access to jobs, services and affordable housing, and stimulating economic activity through infrastructure and innovation.

City Deals with a total Commonweatlh commitment of $5.7 billion are being delivered in Townsville, Launceston, Western Sydney, Darwin, Hobart, Geelong and Adelaide. The Government is continuing to negotiate a deal for Perth while also pursuing a new City Deal in South East Queensland.

Building on the success of the City Deals model the Government is also rolling out Regional Deals in the Barkly, covering the Tennant Creek region in the Northern Territory, the Hinkler region, covering the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay area in Queensland and Albury Wodonga on the New South Wales and Victorian border.

Hover over each state to see the City and Regional Deals

Darwin $107 million

Delivering transformational investments to showcase Darwin as a great place to live, work and study

  • Refreshing the city centre, including a new Charles Darwin University Campus
  • Redeveloping State Square as the city's pre-eminent outdoor event space
  • Partnering with the Larrakia people as the Traditional Owners of Darwin.

Barkly $45.4 million

Delivering a blueprint for the economic, social and cultural future of the Barkly region.

  • Addressing overcrowding and increasing housing supply
  • Boosting key industries such as tourism, agribusiness and resources
  • Supporting local Aboriginal leadership

Perth
under negotiation

Building on the joint government investment in METRONET.

Adelaide $174 million

Growing Adelaide as an innovative and vibrant city, building on its standing as a centre for arts and culture

  • Creating an entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity hub on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, known as Lot Fourteen
  • Growing Adelaide's population via a Designated Area Migration Agreement and piloting a Supporting Innovation in South Australia visa
  • Exploring new urban renewal opportunities to manage population growth.

Townsville $380 million

Delivering catalytic infrastructure to drive private investment and support jobs

  • Constructing the North Queensland Stadium
  • Finalising the Port Channel Capacity Upgrade
  • Preserving the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor.

Hinkler (Bundaberg and Hervey Bay Region) $173 million

Developing a plan for economic development to ensure the region can reach its maximum potential

  • Identifying key investments and reforms that are required in the region
  • Attracting new business to the region and increasing the output of key existing industries.

South East Queensland
under negotiation

Improving the region's global competitiveness and connectivity, and enhancing the region's lifestyle.

Western Sydney $3.6 billion

Improving connectivity, creating jobs and enhancing liveability, building on the investment in the Western Sydney Airport

  • Delivering the North-South Rail Link
  • Supercharging the Aerotropolis and agribusiness precinct as catalysts
  • Initiating the Aerospace Institute.

Albury Wodonga
under negotiation

Developing a strategic plan to form the basis of the deal

Launceston $198 million

Helping Launceston to become one of Australia's most liveable and innovative regional cities

  • Relocating the University of Tasmania main campus from Newnham to Inveresk
  • Improving the health of the Tamar Estuary
  • Revitalising the CBD.

Hobart $1.1 billion

Solidifying Hobart as the gateway to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean while improving liveability, vibrancy and connectivity

  • Helping to create a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective transport system and rebuilding the Bridgewater Bridge
  • Supporting international flights from Hobart Airport by providing border services
  • Facilitating options for a new Antarctic Science precinct.

Geelong $184 million

Supporting Geelong's continued economic diversification, growing the visitor economy and building a thriving city centre

  • Improving infrastructure along the Great Ocean Road and investing in the Shipwreck Coast Masterplan
  • Contributing to a new Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre and revitalising the city centre
  • Building a new Queenscliff ferry terminal and supporting the Waterfront Safe Harbour project.

Connecting Australian communities

Improving access to communications infrastructure

The Government is investing an additional $220 million in this Budget to improve connectivity in regional Australia.

Improving mobile coverage

The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering better coverage across regional and remote areas of Australia. To date, the Government’s initial $220 million investment in the Program has delivered 683 new base stations, with a further 364 to be delivered.

The Government will invest $160 million in two further rounds of the Program.

Stronger regional connectivity

The Government’s $60 million Regional Connectivity Program will improve internet and mobile access in regional Australia through targeted upgrades to regional telecommunications infrastructure.

The Program will fund a range of projects to upgrade wireless infrastructure and provide expanded mobile coverage. Improved connectivity will enhance access to healthcare and education, and support the digital transformation of regional businesses.

Bridging the digital divide

The National Broadband Network will enable all Australians to participate in the digital economy and enjoy the full economic and social benefits made possible by faster internet speeds. Three in four homes and businesses can already connect to the NBN. The rollout is on track to be completed by 2020.

Supporting Australian tourism

Securing Australia’s place as a leading global tourist destination with a $543 million investment

Investing in tourism icons

Tourism attracts $136 billion in expenditure and employs 1 in 13 Australian workers. The Government is investing a further $50 million to develop and enhance our iconic attractions. This supports domestic and international tourism, creates new jobs and helps diversify local economies.

The Government is also providing $184 million for the Great Ocean Road and Geelong to support tourism infrastructure and operators in the Shipwreck Coast and Great Ocean Road area. This will provide improved access for both tourists and locals.

The Government is investing up to $216 million to upgrade Kakadu National Park and support the Jabiru township. For Kakadu National Park, this means upgrades to walking tracks, viewing platforms, signage, mobile and WiFi services. For Jabiru, the Government is helping to secure the long-term future of the township in cooperation with the Northern Territory Government and is funding an Indigenous-led World Heritage Kakadu Visitor Centre.

Supporting regional tourism

Tourism is a major industry for many regional areas, with 43 cents in every visitor dollar spent in the regions. The Government is helping regions further unlock their tourism potential with over $70 million from round three of the Building Better Regions Fund allocated to tourism-related infrastructure projects. This program is supporting communities through projects like the new Australian Opal Centre in Lightning Ridge, and the new Castle Hill adventure tourism experience in Townsville.

Expanding the live music touring circuit

The Government is supporting the Australian music industry through the $22.5 million Live Music Australia Grant Program. This competitive grants program will support small businesses that host live music performances by Australian artists.

The program will help expand the touring circuit for artists to include regional venues, increasing options for Australian artists to develop at home rather than overseas.

Building communities through sport

Promoting a healthier and more active Australia

Upgrading sports infrastructure

The Government will allocate $150 million to remove barriers to participation for women in sport and improve access to community swimming facilities. This will include upgrades to facilities for women at sporting grounds and the development or upgrade of community swimming facilities across Australia.

The Government will also invest $42.5 million in 2018-19 to expand the Community Sport Infrastructure Program to ensure that more Australians have access to local sporting facilities. This builds on the success of the program, which has provided 456 grants for a range of sports, including netball, rugby and gymnastics, and raises our commitment to the Community Sport Infrastructure Program to $100 million.

Improving participation and inclusion within the community

A further $41 million will be provided to extend and expand the Sporting Schools Program until the end of 2020, ensuring students in more than 6,000 primary and secondary schools continue to access free sports-related activities.

$12 million will be invested to increase opportunities for women and girls to participate in grassroots tennis.

Supporting athletes to succeed

The Government will provide $54.1 million to create better pathways for athletes to represent the nation.

A further $8 million will assist para-athletes from 16 sports to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.