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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
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Mr Gibbons asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

(1) For each Road of National Importance (RONI) in each State and Territory, what funding is provided in the forward estimates for each year.

(2) `What funds were allocated to each such road in the 2003 Budget.

(3) On what basis did the Government decide not to allocate funding for the Calder Highway in the 2003 Budget.

(4) Which roads has the Commonwealth (a) commenced, (b) suspended, (c) ceased funding as a RONI since the introduction of the RONI program in 1996.

(5) Does the Government currently designate the Calder Highway as a RONI; if so, (a) for how long will this designation continue, and (b) does designation as a RONI guarantee the Calder Highway 50% funding from the Commonwealth for its upgrade; if not, why not.

(6) Will he explain when Auslink will be introduced and in what ways it will replace RONI funding for unfinished road projects currently designated as Roads of National Importance.

(7) What funds in each year are allocated for which aspects of the Calder Highway upgrade.


Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1), (2), (4) (a) The table below sets out annual payments to projects funded under the RONI programme since its inception in 1996, and the funds budgeted for such projects for future years in the 2003-04 roads budget. The forward estimates indicate funding at the programme level and do not separately identify RONI funding.

ROADS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE PROGRAM

96/97

97/98

98/99

99/00

00/01

01/02

02/03

03/04 Est.

04/05 Est.

05/06 Est.

06/07 Est.

New South Wales

Pacific Highway*

60.00

66.32

62.37

73.85

86.54

67.16

38.00

57.80

68.83

68.83

Kidman Way

7.75

8.25

3.45

0.86

0.69

Summerland Way

2.20

1.54

3.12

5.02

3.14

4.00

0.50

Main Road 92

0.12

2.18

2.61

4.00

4.00

10.00

8.40

Great Western Highway

8.20

10.31

17.58

47.68

13.00

5.00

Princes Hwy - Nth Kiama Bypass

17.00

17.00

Visy roads

0.82

1.71

1.24

1.23

Alstonville Bypass

2.20

9.00

0.80

Bucketts Way

3.50

5.00

5.00

5.00

Mudgee- Orange road

1.00

2.00

Grafton airport road

0.30

Total

67.75

74.69

68.02

85.28

102.36

93.18

92.67

85.80

111.33

101.63

13.40

Victoria

Calder Highway

5.14

14.69

22.56

17.08

7.21

16.92

10.41

Pakenham Bypass

4.90

30.10

35.00

30.00

Geelong Road

10.00

20.00

43.87

46.13

Scoresby Freeway

25.30

-1.83

63.30

63.00

50.00

87.50

Total

5.14

14.69

22.56

27.08

27.21

86.09

54.71

68.20

93.10

85.00

117.50

Queensland

Pacific Highway*

15.00

15.33

15.33

31.35

0.00

16.44

24.95

16.77

16.77

16.77

Tugun Bypass

60.00

Gladstone port access road

5.90

5.50

Port of Brisbane access road

20.00

5.50

8.10

Douglas Arterial

2.89

9.58

17.11

7.50

Mt Morgan to Kabra road

1.00

Peninsula development road

0.63

1.00

3.20

Chicory project roads

0.50

Total

15.00

15.33

15.33

51.35

5.50

19.33

50.16

40.88

27.47

16.77

60.00

Western Australia

Mt Keith to Wiluna Rd

2.22

7.58

15.20

Mitchell Freeway

1.85

8.35

4.80

Roe Highway

24.75

10.00

15.00

26.32

Key freight route bridges

0.64

1.70

Total

0.00

4.07

15.93

20.00

0.00

24.75

10.64

16.70

26.32

0.00

0.00

South Australia

Port River Expressway (Stage 1)

9.19

1.35

7.50

11.67

Key freight route bridges

0.83

0.85

Total

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

10.02

1.35

8.35

11.67

0.00

0.00

Tasmania

Devonport port access road

0.30

0.70

0.08

Arthur Hwy

2.85

1.60

Lilydale - Scottsdale road

2.00

3.66

3.84

Key freight route bridges

0.48

0.40

Total

0.30

0.00

0.70

0.08

0.00

0.48

3.25

3.60

3.66

3.84

0.00

Northern Territory

Tiger Brennan Drive

2.50

Tiwi Islands timber roads

0.50

Key freight route bridges

0.97

1.00

0.65

Total

2.50

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.97

1.50

0.65

0.00

0.00

Australian Capital Territory

Queanbeyan bypass

2.00

Key freight route bridges

0.45

Total

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.45

0.00

2.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Total

90.691

108.780

122.539

183.789

135.072

234.307

213.736

227.030

274.200

207.240

190.900

* Commonwealth Contribution indexed

(3) The projects on the Calder Highway for which the Australian Government had committed funding have been completed.

(4) (b) No project has ever been suspended under the RONI programme although payments to Victoria for the Scoresby Freeway are being withheld until Victoria agrees to meet its commitments under the MOU covering Australian Government funding for this project.

Payments to Western Australia for the Roe Highway are also being withheld until an agreement is reached with the WA Government on the future zoning of land required to connect the highway to the Port of Fremantle.

(4) (c) Funding for RONI projects ceases after the Commonwealth has paid out its full funding commitment. The Commonwealth has fully met its financial commitment for the following projects:

NSW

Kidman Way

Visy roads

Victoria

Calder Highway

Geelong Road

Queensland

Port of Brisbane access road

Mt Morgan to Kabra road

Western Australia

Mt Keith to Wiluna Rd

Mitchell Freeway

Tasmania

Devonport port access road

Key freight route bridges

Northern Territory

Tiger Brennan Drive

ACT

Key freight route bridges

(5) (a) The Calder Highway was declared a National Arterial road (the category of the Australian Land Transport Development (ALTD) Act used to administer the RONI programme) in June 1997 by the then Minister for Transport and Regional Development. This declaration continues in force until it is formally revoked by the Minister.

(5) (b) The declaration of a road as a National Arterial road is a requirement of the legislation as a precondition to payments being made under the ALTD Act. The declaration does not guarantee or imply any specific level of funding from the Australian Government.

(6) Auslink will be introduced when the Government has finalised its consideration of the white paper, reached the necessary agreements with the States and Territories and the required legislation has been passed. Firm commitments under the existing roads programme will be met and I will examine other transitional issues that arise on their merits as we progress the implementation of AusLink.

(7) Australian Government funding paid to Victoria for Calder Highway projects from 1996-97 through 2002-03 is listed in the table below:

Australian Government Funding of Calder Highway Projects 1996-97 to 2002-03

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

($m)

($m)

($m)

($m)

($m)

($m)

($m)

Black Forest

3.83

6.49

9.02

4.14

-0.21

-0.27

0.01

Woodend

6.05

12.21

12.25

6.97

3.88

-0.12

Kyneton to Faraday

0.24

0.61

0.37

0.27

0.00

-0.01

Faraday to Ravenswood

0.40

0.67

0.32

0.18

0.03

0.80

Carlsruhe

13.28

9.72

Bulla Diggers Rest Road Interchange

1.31

1.51

0.04

Total

5.14

14.69

22.55

17.08

7.21

16.92

10.40