Discussion: 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy

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Discussion: 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy

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Today, the State Government has released its 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy.

Taken from infrastructure.sa.gov.au:
'South Australia’s first truly integrated infrastructure strategy'

The quality of South Australia’s infrastructure is critical to its economic performance and social capital and the 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy represents a new discipline for infrastructure planning and development. This inaugural Strategy sets the long-term strategic direction and initial priorities for infrastructure development in South Australia, which will be built upon in future iterations. The Strategy takes a statewide view and aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Sustained economic and jobs growth
  • Planned population growth
  • Connected and productive regions
  • A vibrant, global Adelaide
  • Enviable liveability.

It has been informed by broad consultation with industry, community groups and within government. Infrastructure SA participated in various interactive sessions with industry groups and key stakeholders as well as community consultation undertaken as part of the Government’s regional development strategy. There were also over 100 submissions received in response to the Strategy Discussion Paper released in June 2019. Given prioritisation is a key function of Infrastructure SA, the Strategy articulates seven key principles and 38 long-term priorities spanning a range of sectors across the State. There is also an increased focus on resilience and flexibility in light of the bushfires of 2019/20 and the COVID-19 crisis.
There are three documents as follows; click to view them.

Strategy Snapshot
Capital Intentions Statement
Full Strategy


From the Capital Intentions Statement:
1. Completion of the North-South road corridor through metropolitan Adelaide
2. A grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula
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
6. Completion of the Gawler rail electrification
7. An extension of the O’Bahn between Tea Tree Plaza Interchange (current terminus) and Golden Grove
8. Grade separations at major metropolitan area intersections
9. Infrastructure development on LeFevre Peninsula
10. Sealing the Strzelecki Track.

What are your thoughts? I see quite a mixed bag, and little to differentiate from political positions of the State Government, alas.
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Its a pretty "small" list of projects for the next 20 years!

The Gawler electrification is being done right now.....why is it even there as a "future" project? And the Outer Harbor electrification....where is that?

And obviously the underground CBD train tunnel will never go ahead without the state's finances being in a much better way (huge royalties from mineral deposits? or a major world manufacturing facility set up in SA?)

Grade separations at major metropolitan intersections ( I presume they mean road/rail intersections.....this should be done now, or the next few years, not as a long term "wish list".)

The North South motorway may be finished in 10 years, probably section by section, just as in the previous build.

O'Bahn extension to Golden Grove (doable, cheap enough, but is it really necessary when separate bus lanes will do the same thing)

CBD tram extensions......not with the Libs in power.

This whole report smacks of trying to "feel good" without really delivering on vision or substance. Underwhelming in one word.
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That seems like a good basic list that should be taken as the minimums to be accomplished.
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It feels like they've come on here, cherry picked a few discussion points, and passed them off as strategy - oh and still persist with GlobeLink despite the fact no one wants it.
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The list is drawn from the Capital Intentions Statement.
The Capital Intentions Statement is a five-year rolling annual plan that identifies specific major projects or programs (generally over $50 million) to be undertaken as a priority in South Australia.
It's the part that is supposed to be readily achievable now.
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The list is fair enough, and given the pace of developement so far, seems pretty ambitious for 20 years. But we've had these 20 or 30 year strategies before.. only to amount to very little. This lot have certainly demonstrated their independence from the government though... I'm surprised given that it includes the underground rail link AND CBD tram extensions that the Libs ever allowed it to see the light of day. The number 1 priority needs to be the N/S motorway completion.
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claybro wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 11:23 pm
The list is fair enough, and given the pace of developement so far, seems pretty ambitious for 20 years. But we've had these 20 or 30 year strategies before.. only to amount to very little. This lot have certainly demonstrated their independence from the government though... I'm surprised given that it includes the underground rail link AND CBD tram extensions that the Libs ever allowed it to see the light of day. The number 1 priority needs to be the N/S motorway completion.
If you want to be cynical, a government that has no intention of carrying out those infrastructure works would probably not mind them being on the longer term infrastructure strategy.

For those who are proponents of them, they can point at the list and say they are being seriously considered, but they can always sit outside this electoral cycle with a "not time to do that yet".
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Nort wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 2:03 pm
claybro wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 11:23 pm
The list is fair enough, and given the pace of developement so far, seems pretty ambitious for 20 years. But we've had these 20 or 30 year strategies before.. only to amount to very little. This lot have certainly demonstrated their independence from the government though... I'm surprised given that it includes the underground rail link AND CBD tram extensions that the Libs ever allowed it to see the light of day. The number 1 priority needs to be the N/S motorway completion.
If you want to be cynical, a government that has no intention of carrying out those infrastructure works would probably not mind them being on the longer term infrastructure strategy.

For those who are proponents of them, they can point at the list and say they are being seriously considered, but they can always sit outside this electoral cycle with a "not time to do that yet".
I believe this government has introduced changes that make it easier to dig tunnels below private property, too. Given that trains in tunnels probably don't turn as tightly as trams on roads, this is likely to have been necessary enabling legislation, regardless of which party is in government when someone actually fires up a boring machine.
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claybro wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 11:23 pm
The list is fair enough, and given the pace of developement so far, seems pretty ambitious for 20 years. But we've had these 20 or 30 year strategies before.. only to amount to very little. This lot have certainly demonstrated their independence from the government though... I'm surprised given that it includes the underground rail link AND CBD tram extensions that the Libs ever allowed it to see the light of day. The number 1 priority needs to be the N/S motorway completion.
I'm still reading the strategy, but the fact that parts of GlobeLink are still being pushed and there's a tendency to favour small scale transport investments doesn't suggest complete independence. Also, CBD trams and underground rail were actually part of the Liberal's election platform. Not that that really means anything.
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Has anyone got a subscription so we can gain access to this article? Surely there’s some sort of correlation
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PeFe wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:00 pm
Its a pretty "small" list of projects for the next 20 years!
You have to factor in that they will waste half that time telling us about it before actually starting any planning, and then the bonus 5-10 years to complete projects after the 20 years passes.
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ginzahikari wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 4:02 pm
Has anyone got a subscription so we can gain access to this article? Surely there’s some sort of correlation
https://www.facebook.com/92701406946/po ... 36947/?d=n
Here you go..
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South Australia’s new dedicated infrastructure team reveals the big projects the state needs to consider
Matt Smith, Political Editor, The Advertiser
May 12, 2020 10:38pm
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An underground rail link for the city, a dedicated Adelaide concert hall and toll roads will all be investigated by the team set up to develop South Australia’s infrastructure priorities.

Infrastructure South Australia’s 20-Year strategy, to be released Wednesday, also pushes the case for better public transport to Mount Barker and the Adelaide Hills, the “game-changing” 5G telecommunications network and level crossings throughout the city.

The agency is encouraging private/public funding options to help fund major projects including water infrastructure to the Barossa Valley and the Far North to help copper exploration.

It also argues the same funding model should be used to fund other major infrastructure including new corrections and forensic mental health facilities in the state.

The report has stressed maintaining current infrastructure should be a priority pointing out $780 million backlog that could increase to $1.2 billion by 2024.

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The 198-page report outlines a raft of broad priorities to adopt across education, health, justice, digital, tourism, sport, culture, utilities, transport and housing.

But a number projects set out in the plan have been on the table for a number of years under successive governments, which will spark calls for more to be done.

Infrastructure SA Chief Executive Jeremy Conway told The Advertiser the strategy has been developed in consultation with government agencies, business, industry and community organisations.

One of the boldest plans in the report is an underground rail link connecting the northern Gawler line with the southern Noarlunga line under the Adelaide’s city streets.

The link, floated as far back as 2011 by, could travel under Parliament House in North Terrace, to Pulteney Street, then west to the parklands to join the Noarlunga line near Keswick - with stations at Rundle Mall and Victoria Square.

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10 major projects for South Australia

1. Completion of the North-South Rd Corridor through metropolitan Adelaide
2. A grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula
3. The GlobeLink upgrade of major export infrastructure (now ruled out with other freight options being investigated)
4. An extension of tram services in the CBD
5. An underground rail link in the CBD
6. Completion of the Gawler rail electrification
7. An extension of the O’Bahn between Tea Tree Plaza Interchange (current terminus) and Golden Grove
8. Grade separations at major metropolitan area intersections
9. Infrastructure development on LeFevre Peninsula
10. Sealing the Strzelecki Track

Investment priorities in the next five years

■ Greater investment in maintenance of existing assets
■ Building the case for private sector investment in water infrastructure for the Barossa Valley and copper and other minerals in SA’s Far North
■ Small tailored improvements for key freight routes in and out
of Adelaide
■ Finalise an updated business case for the Strzelecki Track
■ Improve patronage and efficiency of public transport – with a focus on the growing regions of Mount Barker and the Adelaide Hills, and in the northwest of Adelaide with its naval shipbuilding and forecast urban infill in the area
■ Level-crossing removals to improve efficiency of the public transport network
■ A new public/private prison and forensic mental-health facility
■ Complete business case studies into recommendations from the Arts and Culture Plan – including a dedicated concert hall – and the forthcoming Sport and Active Recreation Infrastructure Plan 
Mr Conway said the rail loop would be a long-term proposition.

“The benefit of investment in public transport is as much around efficient transport as it is around capitalising on urban uplift in these areas,” Mr Conway said.

“As Adelaide grows these are the sorts of things that we are going to have to contemplate for Adelaide to be a productive global city that operates efficiently.

The report found growing numbers of people were wanting to live in or close to the city.

“For Adelaide to function efficiently and productively as a city it needs a greater share of public transport coming into the city to try and lessen the amount of car traffic.

“We need to find ways that can make public transport more efficient and attractive as an option for people.

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“I think both the cultural and economic heart of the city is moving to that North Terrace/riverbank area.

“So it’s really important for us that any future investment within that precinct is co-ordinated so that we get the best outcomes

“Part of that is public transport and how people can get in an out on event days and things like that.”

The report also shows Mount Barker and the Adelaide Hills would continue to cause problems for traffic congestion into the city without better public transport.

“There is going to be growing congestion on the bottom of the South East Freeway,” he said.

“Ideally we would like to see some more public transport and less cars driving down the hill.

Mr Conway said a rail line to Mount Barker, which has gathered some enthusiasm in recent years, was not a great option but a better bus network could serve the community better.

Infrastructure South Australia wants the State Government to move on promises for major arts infrastructure including to fund a business case to assess the viability of an acoustic venue (concert hall) to serve the local music industry and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Youth Orchestras.

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It has also recommended reviews into the creation of a black box theatre, regional arts centres and a performing arts high school/college in Adelaide.

Mr Conway said it was also important to create more sporting hubs that allow for shared uses, or better shared use of school and community facilities.

And despite being a dirty term in South Australia Mr Conway said ‘road tolls’ could be considered.

“The government has been pretty clear that they don’t want to do toll roads but our work with the freight industry has suggested they would be willing to have some sort of user charge model.”

Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said the report provides the government with a blueprint to help make smarter decisions about spending taxpayers

“It identifies immediate opportunities to extend water infrastructure to the Barossa and upgrade the Strzelecki track to boost economic productivity and output, both of which the State Government is currently investigating,” Mr Knoll said.

Infrastructure SA Chair Tony Shepherd said the context in South Australia is different to the eastern states where infrastructure planning has had to respond to high rates of population growth.

“Within SA, infrastructure has an important role to catalyse growth in a way that can sustain and enhance liveability,” said Mr Shepherd.
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My take on the 'Ten major projects':

1. Completion of the North-South road corridor through metropolitan Adelaide.
Yes, this urgently needs planning for completion, not more private sector business cases that waste taxpayer money. Bite the bullet and follow through with the recommendations of the Scoping Report. The State Government needs to do away with the ridiculous idea of tunnels. The Capital Intentions Statement basically ditches the idea of a link between the SE Freeway and the N-S Corridor and instead opts for inefficient short-term upgrades to Cross, Portrush and Hampstead Roads - none of which should be carrying interstate freight made up of B-Double and B-Triple road trains.

2. A grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula
This would be a good move. But again, it's something that has been talked about in some form since about 2007, and nothing other than more hot air has come from this talk.

3. The GlobeLink upgrade of major export infrastructure
Why is GlobeLink being pushed so hard? SA will not have a need for a freight airport for many years. Air cargo in SA is high in value, but not high in volume. The most meritorious aspect of GlobeLink was a freight corridor to the east of the Adelaide Hills (particularly rail).

4. An extension of tram services in the CBD
Straight out of Knoll's crayon-written notebook. Adelaide needs tram services to go beyond the CBD. Trams are not shuttles for tourists. They are far more than that; they are catalysts for urban regeneration. We need local education and subsequent knowledge on light rail.

5. An underground rail link in the CBD
Big yes, but the Strategy writes it off as a pipe dream. Again, this is something that should be planned now, but this project will never see any form of progress under a State Liberal Government.

6. Completion of the Gawler rail electrification
Why is something slated for completion at the end of this year included in a two-decade Strategy?

7. An extension of the O'Bahn between Tea Tree Plaza Interchange (current terminus) and Golden Grove
This should be a relatively simple project to plan and complete in less than twelve months, and should not constitute a component of a 20-year plan.

8. Grade separations at major metropolitan area intersections
Decades overdue. Road projects are a little different to thinking of the past nowadays. More consideration needs to be given to long-term benefits (or lack thereof), pedestrians, mobility, cycling as a mode of transport and not mere recreation, and public transport.

9. Infrastructure development on LeFevre Peninsula
It would be wise to support this. Much industrial land on the Peninsula is out of walking distance of the Outer Harbor line, so creating an innovative bus service that feeds to nearby rail stations would be advantageous.

10. Sealing the Strzelecki Track
Decades overdue.

What is missing?

- Generally increased investment in regional infrastructure.
- A general greater emphasis on public transport infrastructure, including smaller plans such as electrification of the Outer Harbor and Grange lines, a program to upgrade all dated metropolitan rail stations and improving public transport access to and from the airport.
- Planning for a revamp of bus routes, train frequencies and transport interchanges to better serve cross-city travel.
- Moves to restore passenger rail around SA.
- Improving cycling infrastructure.
- Addressing the strain placed on all transport infrastructure by current travel patterns and behaviour.
- A suggested funding model (not tolls, this is a waste of time) for major projects.
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I think any XX year plan for infrastructure in this state needs to include general road maintenance as a high priority. Not just the road surfaces however, but also adjoining footpaths and proper bike lanes that aren't an after thought which sees more crammed into the same space, and landscapping and upkeep of said maintenance.

Our roads in general are a fucking joke.
You could count how many smooth roads without issues we have on both hands with fingers to spare.
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rev wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 9:34 am
I think any XX year plan for infrastructure in this state needs to include general road maintenance as a high priority. Not just the road surfaces however, but also adjoining footpaths and proper bike lanes that aren't an after thought which sees more crammed into the same space, and landscapping and upkeep of said maintenance.

Our roads in general are a fucking joke.
You could count how many smooth roads without issues we have on both hands with fingers to spare.
add off-street bus stops to that list
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