A new report from Infrastructure Australia has identified 12 areas with infrastructure gaps in capacity, connectivity and quality of freight infrastructure – these are out of 479 infrastructure gaps in the report identified across all regions of Australia.
Infrastructure Australia said in the report, Regional strength and infrastructure gap The report provides a guide for government, industry, businesses and the community to support record migration and further growth, on the back of a 200% increase in growth in 2019-20 across Australia’s regional regions. This regionalization trend continues with the largest internal migration on record for the first quarter of 2021.
In developing this report, Infrastructure Australia partnered with 48 Regional Development Australia committees to conduct extensive consultations on community considerations. This was supported by engagement with key sectoral stakeholders, including businesses, summit bodies and industry groups, to help build a picture of each region’s diverse property, development industries and infrastructure requirements.
These sector-specific reports provide a lens to uncover and understand opportunities and prioritize investments. The Regional Strengths report seeks commonalities to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing to enable proactive planning led by local communities.
Several issues raised in the form of “lack of infrastructure” centered on the need to improve road freight infrastructure in remote areas. This will enhance the competitiveness of regional industries in general and enhance freight cost-efficiency, the report said. But the report also addressed some issues at the ports.
Esperance is among the areas identified with freight infrastructure gaps at the port. The report said trends in the region’s mineral industry are expected to increase the number of heavy vehicles on the roads and lead to congestion at the Esperance Port and the regional rail network.
“From a mineral product transport perspective, the current amount of existing rail infrastructure is generally considered to be substantial and the region’s grain sector is not a major user of rail transport. However, quantities of nickel, rare earths and iron ore are transported on different lines. networks that comprise the network may increase in future,” the report said.
“The current projections and development plans for development in the Nickel, Rare Earth, Spodumene Concentrate and Iron Ore sectors will see an increase in the volume of the mineral product through the Esperance Port. This can put pressure on berth occupancy rates, ship-loading and other cargo handling infrastructure, storage and takedown capacity at the port.
Looking further west to a port, the report noted that Banbury Port serves the resource sector, meeting and expanding its capacity to enable the port to meet regional and state import and export needs. and to connect the region with world markets.
And in Tasmania, the report said, “there is a need for maintenance and upgradation of aging freight infrastructure assets to further support key export markets. Being an island state, freight capacity issues in relation to domestic shipping terminals.” also exist, along with many other priorities based on its successful resolution.
Col Murray, President of Infrastructure Australia, said: “This is the first time a report of this magnitude has been conducted entirely on regional Australia that localizes the strengths and opportunities of each region. It will also help plan future infrastructure across the country. Provides the foundation for data, knowledge and community perceptions to support decision-making and network governance.”
Chief Executive Romilie Madeau said: “The significant increase in regionalization – exacerbated by the pandemic – has put pressure on the already sprawling regional infrastructure assets and networks.
“By drawing parallels where they exist, we aim to improve information sharing and enable a coordinated, forward-looking view of the challenges and opportunities in regional Australia. We hope that communities will embrace the opportunities outlined in this report and that stakeholders will be able to see the future.” will become a turning point for greater collaboration between