AusLink

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AusLink was an Australian Government land transport funding program, established in June 2004 and administered by the former Department of Transport and Regional Services. In 2009 it was replaced with the Nation Building Program under the Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Act 2009.[1] The Nation Building Program is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

Legislative Framework[edit]

AusLink was administered under the AusLink (National Land Transport) Act 2005,[2] until the 2005 legislation was superseded by the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008,[3] the Nation Building and Jobs Plan (State Infrastructure Delivery) Act 2009,[4] the Nation-building Funds Act 2008[5] and the Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Act 2009.[1]

Road funding[edit]

Major projects completed as part of the AusLink program[6] and information on the funding projects in the states and territories[7]

Sydney to Melbourne[edit]

Brisbane to Sydney[edit]

Melbourne to Adelaide[edit]

Brisbane to Darwin[edit]

Dubbo to Sydney[edit]

Canberra connectors[edit]

Rail funding[edit]

Rail funding has been announced for the following projects (Auslink project search)[33]

Criticism[edit]

The program has been criticised as being a pork barrelling exercise by the government.[34][35][36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NATION BUILDING PROGRAM (NATIONAL LAND TRANSPORT) ACT 2009". Austlii.edu.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  2. ^ "ComLaw Acts - AusLink (National Land Transport) Act 2005 (93)". Comlaw.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  3. ^ "INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA ACT 2008 (NO. 17, 2008)". Austlii.edu.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  4. ^ "NATION BUILDING AND JOBS PLAN (STATE INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY) ACT 2009". Austlii.edu.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  5. ^ "NATION-BUILDING FUNDS ACT 2008". Austlii.edu.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Project Search Page". Nationbuildingprogram.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  7. ^ "National Projects". Nationbuildingprogram.gov.au. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Hume Highway - Holbrook Bypass". Nationbuildingprogram.gov.au. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Pacific Highway upgrade". Pacific Highway upgrade. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  10. ^ [1] dead link but available at wayback machine
  11. ^ 7th Jul 2010 2:15 AM (2010-07-07). "The Kempsey bypass moving ahead". Coffscoastadvocate.com.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  12. ^ Pacific Highway – Sapphire to Woolgoolga duplication gets underway[dead link]
  13. ^ a b "AusLink Projects". Auslink.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  14. ^ Ballina bypass
  15. ^ Initial works
  16. ^ Ballina bypass cost blows out to $640m[dead link]
  17. ^ "Abigroup News | Abigroup Limited - Constructing Australia's Future". Abigroup.com.au. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  18. ^ $310 million Banora Point upgrade moves ahead[dead link]
  19. ^ Banora Point upgrade[dead link]
  20. ^ "Pacific Highway - Banora Point Upgrade". Nationbuildingprogram.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  21. ^ $1.65 BILLION HUNTER EXPRESSWAY TO CREATE JOBS AND EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION[dead link]
  22. ^ "The Hunter Expressway". Rta.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  23. ^ "Road projects : VicRoads". Vicroads.vic.gov.au. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  24. ^ "Empire Theatre". Toowoombarc.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  25. ^ "Abbott commits to Toowoomba bypass". News.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  26. ^ "Great Western Highway". Rta.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  27. ^ http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects/projects/south_western_region/barton_highway/future_duplication.html
  28. ^ Addressing Barton Highway safety - Local - General - Yass Tribune[dead link]
  29. ^ Money, money, money! Funds flow for Barton Highway - Local - General - Yass Tribune[dead link]
  30. ^ Barton planning progress - Local - General - Yass Tribune[dead link]
  31. ^ "RTA Barton Highway". Rta.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  32. ^ http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/415528/barton-funds-but-no-bypass/
  33. ^ "Nation Building Program". Auslink.gov.au. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  34. ^ Federal Government announces Auslink transport plan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, PM, 7 June 2004.
  35. ^ CONFIRMED: ELECTION + AUSLINK = THE GREAT PORK BARREL which is a dead link but available at Wayback Machine, Minister for Roads and Ports, Victorian Government, Press Release, 22 May 2007.
  36. ^ Budget countdown: Auslink infrastructure planning fail, Bernard Keane, Crikey, 24 April 2009.

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