INVESTMENT in ports and other infrastructure is helping drive the sunshine state’s economy, infrastructure minister Cameron Dick says.

Announcing the annual State Infrastructure Plan, Mr Dick told a conference of engineers the next four years would see a $49.5bn investment by the Queensland government.

“Our strong infrastructure program underpins and unlocks private sector investment, and our state’s $147bn public and private infrastructure pipeline is the second largest in Australia, as reported in the March 2019 Deloitte Access Economics Investment Monitor,” he said.

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“It shows where and when we are supporting the delivery of new or upgraded hospitals, schools, roads, ports, communication networks – all the social and economy-boosting infrastructure that underpins jobs, growth, investment and prosperity.”

Mr Dick said since 2015, the government had focused keenly on reducing capital program under-expenditure.

Infrastructure Association of Queensland chief executive Priscilla Radice said industry welcomed the annual update of the SIP as it gave certainty around this year’s $12.9bn investment.

“The SIP is a crucial investment blueprint for the State – it gives both industry and investors confidence in this market and assures the community of the government’s commitment to deliver on jobs,” Ms Radice said.

The State Infrastructure Plan Part B: Program – 2019 update can be viewed at www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/SIP

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