Written by Stefan Kostarelis
Updates have been released for three major projects that will benefit the northern suburbs and Gawler. The first update is about the long-awaited Gawler Rail Electrification project.
According to a press release from the SA Government, expressions of interest have been invited for the design and construction of the project.
The State Government first submitted the first business case back in 2008, and followed up by installing nearly 300 masts, footings, and the rail track modifications required for electrification.
Since then the project has stalled several times, with federal funding worth $76 million being withdrawn from the project in 2013.
Stage One of the project is being fully funded by the State Government for $152.5 million and will involve electrifying the rail line to Salisbury, creating approximately 135 jobs during the construction.
In the Federal Budget, the Government made a matching commitment to the project and said that it would extend electrification even further.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan, said that the long-awaited project would provide real transport benefits to commuters in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. He added that patronage on the Gawler Line rose by more than 30% over the seven years to 2016, making it Adelaide’s most popular train network.
The second update regards the North-South Corridor, a major roads project between Old Noarlunga and Gawler. Located between Regency Road and Pym Street, this section of South Road will add to the three major South Road upgrades already underway.
According to Core Logic’s Cordell Monthly Construction Update May 2017, this project is now entering the next stage of development.
The plan builds on the current Torrens Road to River Torrens works, and will add a new overpass to the north at Regency Road. This will then connect to the South Road Superway, removing existing traffic light stops and creating a 47km non-stop stretch, which will drastically cut travel times to the north.
The third is in Port Adelaide, which continues to have a high frequency of civil engineering construction projects.
As the Cordell report notes, that the South Australian Shipbuilding Infrastructure Upgrade (SASIU) is developing Osborne’s future shipbuilding capability and is a significant economic project for the state.
Danish Romball Group has submitted applications via its agent Aurecon Australia, to the Development Assessment Commission. The first phase of the multi-million dollar project will include preliminary site works, assembly and outfitting halls, ancillary facilities for staff and administration, and the refurbishment of existing facilities.
Meanwhile, nationwide Cordell counts a total of 2,185 construction projects in the pipeline, with a total estimated value of $16.7 billion. This is significantly higher than the March report, which identified 2,105 projects worth $3.21 billion.
In the May report, 1,003 projects are moving into construction with estimated total value of $5.8 billion. Almost two-thirds of these projects are either civil engineering (44%) or apartments and units (21%).
This is also an increase on the March report, which identified 884 projects with an estimated value of $3.21 billion.
The growth of pipeline and in construction projects corroborates the findings of other reports that give a positive outlook for construction in Australia.