Boost for QLD construction

The Queensland Government has launched a $107 billion Big Build capital program to deliver new and upgraded infrastructure across several portfolios and create thousands of jobs.

Known as the Big Build capital program, new and upgraded hospitals, healthcare facilities, transport infrastructure, houses, and schools across the state will be constructed, according to the state government.

More than $27 billion of the $107 billion Big Build will be delivered throughout the 2024 and 2025 financial year, with $18.57 billion of this invested in regional Queensland, outside the greater Brisbane area.

The work is expected to directly support 72,000 jobs, 50,000 of which will be outside the state capital.

Forward estimates reflect increases in construction activity, according to the Queensland Government, including $2.1 billion for Direct Sunshine Coast Rail; $1.365 billion for housing; $1.7 billion for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics; and a $7 billion increase in the Queensland Jobs and Energy Plan.

The state’s Big Build program also continues its investment in major infrastructure such as the Cross River Rail, Coomera Connector (pictured), Stage 3 of the Gold Coast Light Rail; and the Health and Hospital Expansion Program.

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Desi Corbett

Desi is the Editor of Concrete in Australia and at the helm of our magazine for 8 years. She was behind the Institute's weekly news bulletins from 2016-2021 and is now writing our focused news items. Desi has been an engineering news and features journalist/editor across all disciplines since 2013 - part of a 30-year career writing for a wide range of industries.