WSFN program now on national Infrastructure Priority List
The Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network program is now included on the National Infrastructure Priority List (IPL)
Infrastructure Australia have released the latest edition of the Infrastructure Priority List (IPL), presenting 147 infrastructure proposals of national significance – the largest number since the list’s inception.
The Priority List is a collaborative document, developed using data from the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit and submissions from all levels of governments, industry and the community.
Regional Australia emerged as a focus of this edition of the IPL with a call to improve mobile telecommunications coverage in remote areas and improve regional road safety.
The RDA Wheatbelt submission to have the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network (WSFN) included on this list was made on behalf of the WSFN Working Group.
This is an important step for the WSFN future funding options. To be a Priority Project of national significance is to recognise the high level of importance this program has on economic and social outcomes for the region.
‘Projects’ are advanced proposals that have a fully developed business case that has been positively assessed by the independent Infrastructure Australia Board. Projects remain on the Priority List until delivery or constructions begins.
‘Initiatives’ are proposals that Infrastructure Australia has determined have the potential to address a nationally significant problem or opportunity. Infrastructure Australia includes them on the Priority List to indicate that further development and rigorous assessment of these proposals is a national priority.
Other projects in the Wheatbelt that are included are the Bindoon Bypass, Priority Project, and the Regional and rural WA road network safety improvements, as a high priority initiative.
The full List is available on the Infrastructure Australia website.