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Tuesday, 14 February 2006
Page: 220


Mr Ripoll asked the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, in writing, on 29 November 2005:

(1)   In respect of the Prime Minister’s statement on 12 November 2005, will he provide the details on where and when the $66 million for a range of interim safety works and planning along the Ipswich Motorway corridor was spent and what part of the $66 million, if any, was spent on studies into the Ipswich Motorway Northern Bypass.

(2)   What sum has the Commonwealth Government spent on studies relating to the Ipswich Motorway corridor since 1996, and specifically, what sum has the Commonwealth Government spent since 1996 on studies investigating (a) the full upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway and (b) the Ipswich Motorway Northern Bypass and which organisations were paid for the studies.

(3)   Will he provide details on when and how the $10 million to undertake studies to further explore three options for the Ipswich Motorway Northern Bypass, also known as the Goodna Bypass, will be spent and when the studies are expected to be completed.

(4)   Is he aware of statements made by the Member for Blair in his community newsletter stating that the Government has committed to build the Goodna Bypass; if so, can he confirm that it is now Commonwealth Government policy to spend $1.1 billion on the eight-kilometre Ipswich Motorway Northern Bypass regardless of the outcome of further studies into this road, including environmental impact studies, geo-technical investigations and community consultation.

(5)   Can he explain Commonwealth Government policy on funding the (a) Ipswich Motorway Northern Bypass project and (b) the remaining sections of the Ipswich Motorway from Dinmore to Goodna and Darra to Rocklea, which is estimated to cost only $520 million, and how this will be affected if further studies show that it is (i) feasible and (ii) not feasible to build the Ipswich Motorway Northern Bypass and, in particular, whether it is Commonwealth Government policy to remove the Dinmore to Goodna and Darra to Rocklea sections of the Ipswich Motorway from the national highway network.

(6)   Has the Government undertaken a cost benefit analysis on (a) the full upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway and (b) the eight-kilometre Ipswich Motorway Northern Bypass.

(7)   Has the Government undertaken a cost benefit analysis comparing the full upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway to the eight-kilometre Ipswich Motorway Northern Bypass; if so, what are the results of this analysis and is it publicly available; if it is not publicly available, can he explain why; if no analysis comparing the projects has been undertaken, can he explain why not.


Mr Lloyd (Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   - (2)  In December 2003, the Australian Government approved $66m in funding for Ipswich Motorway, comprising $54.9m for interim safety works and $11.1m for concept planning and land acquisition.

Interim safety works include:

  • Strengthening of Warrego Highway rail overbridge (completed in January 2005).
  • Strengthening of Bullockhead Creek culverts (completed in March 2005).
  • Ramp improvements at Progress Road interchange (presently at Tender stage).
  • Ramp improvements and installation of traffic signals at Centenary Highway interchange (completed in June 2005).
  • Realignment of Ipswich Motorway at Granard Road interchange to provide left hand exit lanes off the northbound lanes on to Granard Road (in progress).
  • Intelligent Transport Systems such as variable message signs and closed circuit television cameras (in progress).
  • New bridges over Woogaroo Creek as part of early works to facilitate traffic management during construction of Logan Motorway interchange (in progress).
  • Concept planning and land acquisition include:
  • Detailed planning, concept design and specialist studies associated with the full six lane upgrade of Ipswich Motorway.
  • Property acquisition under Queensland Government hardship guidelines.
  • Provision of $500,000 for a feasibility investigation into a Northern Option (completed in April 2005 by Maunsell Australia).

The Queensland Government is yet to submit a reconciliation of expenditure associated with the interim safety works and concept planning and land acquisition.

(3)   The scope and timing of the $10 million detailed investigations into a Northern Option are yet to be confirmed. The Department of Transport and Regional Services will develop a project brief in cooperation with the Queensland Government Department of Main Roads.

(4)   - (5)  The Australian Government has committed $10 million for detailed investigations of a Northern Option. No final decisions can be made until these investigations are progressed.

(6)   - (7)  The Queensland Government Department of Main Roads (QDMR) commissioned a cost benefit analysis of its preferred six-lane upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway in 2003. Using a 7% discount rate, this analysis calculated a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of 2.43 and a Net Present Value (NPV) of $578 million. This analysis was based on a capital cost of $593.5 million (including contingencies) in 2003 dollars. The capital cost was reviewed by engineering consultant, Maunsell Australia, for QDMR in 2005 and adjusted to $1,098 million (including contingencies) in 2005 dollars. This increase in capital cost would significantly affect the BCR and NPV. The Ipswich Motorway Northern Option feasibility report by Maunsell Australia, which was completed in April 2005, estimated capital costs ranging from $820 million to $1,137 million (in 2005 dollars) for the three alignments identified as being potentially feasible. Maunsell Australia calculated for these options, BCR ranging from 1.4 to 1.9 and NPV ranging from $368 million to $531 million.

Cost benefit analyses for the Queensland preferred six-lane upgrade is presented in planning reports prepared by the QDMR. Cost benefit analyses for the Northern Option feasibility study is presented in reports that are publicly available on the QDMR web site.