Economic saviour or white elephant? What COVID-19 can teach us about delivering big infrastructure projects

 

News article: Economic saviour or white elephant? What COVID-19 can teach us about delivering big infrastructure projects

Governments are banking on infrastructure projects to help the Australian economy recover from the coronavirus recession, but not everyone is convinced it will be worthwhile.

  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
WA has MetroNet as a major project at a time when the state needs investment in infrastructure although jobs have not really been affected by covid in that state.

Brisbane has Crossrail but this was started prior to the covid issues

Adelaide well forget it.

Melbourne has no projects directly linked to the covid19 relief as metro 1 was already started and WGT (debarcle) was already started and stalled. NEL was already started of sorts.  Various V/Line projects had already started and are yet to be finished.  Not many new rail projects for Victoria.

Sydney has been delivering many rail projects for a long time and well done to them. 

In that case what is the new $300b investment needed to get us all out of covid depression?

Economic saviour or white elephant? What COVID-19 can teach us about delivering big infrastructure projects

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  Ethan1395 Train Controller

Location: An OSCar H Set
Sydney has been delivering many rail projects for a long time and well done to them.
NSWGR8022
But it also uses tax payer money to fund stadiums and completely ignores the rest of the state, having only ONE liveable city (that no one can afford to live in, even more so with rising unemployment) in a state with 800,642 km² of land with 8,128,984 people will NOT get us out of Covid-19 depression.
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Sydney has been delivering many rail projects for a long time and well done to them.
But it also uses tax payer money to fund stadiums and completely ignores the rest of the state, having only ONE liveable city (that no one can afford to live in, even more so with rising unemployment) in a state with 800,642 km² of land with 8,128,984 people will NOT get us out of Covid-19 depression.
Ethan1395

NSW = Newcastle/Sydney/Wollongong

Has been like that for years but the point i try and make is just the projects now are not projects which have been conceived relative to the covid pandemkic.
  TrackRailroad Train Controller

Location: Frankston Line
WA has MetroNet as a major project at a time when the state needs investment in infrastructure although jobs have not really been affected by covid in that state.

Brisbane has Crossrail but this was started prior to the covid issues

Adelaide well forget it.

Melbourne has no projects directly linked to the covid19 relief as metro 1 was already started and WGT (debarcle) was already started and stalled. NEL was already started of sorts.  Various V/Line projects had already started and are yet to be finished.  Not many new rail projects for Victoria.

Sydney has been delivering many rail projects for a long time and well done to them.

In that case what is the new $300b investment needed to get us all out of covid depression?

Economic saviour or white elephant? What COVID-19 can teach us about delivering big infrastructure projects
NSWGR8022
I think infrastucture projects are important to boost the economy and protect local jobs. I think it is a good idea to keep progressing existing major infrastucture projects in the respective states and territories.

In Victoria there are a lot of smaller projects which could be begun in the next few years, like single track duplications on the Lilydale line, Altona Loop, Upfield line and signalling upgrades allowing more trains to run, and building new buses to allow increased and more frequent bus services, in the aim to get people out of their cars.

Perth's Metronet project does seem impressive, I am not from Western Australia, so only can comment on what I am reading online, but it seems like a comprehensive investment in public transport that will help their economy as well during Covid 19.
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
If those projects were to start next year these could be classified as covid recovery projects.  The point is no projects right now could be called this.

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