A great volume of buildings and infrastructures, which were previously in the pipeline, have started to be completed in recent years at an unexpectedly faster rate. Various Australian cities like Sydney Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide want to be a global hub that can give the finest offerings in sectors like travel, work, and entertainment. If all their plans materialize, Australia will be home to a lot of urban centers by 2027. They will be filled with fast and efficient transportation systems that will effectively link work, home, sports, culture, and entertainment.
The population of Australia is expected to be to more than 30 million. Because of this, the Federal Government has made plans to make sure that all citizens will enjoy only the best in the country. The majority of the growth will happen in cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. It has allotted a budget of $50 billion to investment between 2013-2014 and 2019-2020. This investment will help Australia’s alpha cities to go head to head with world centers like New York, Singapore, London, and Paris.
Sydney And New South Wales
About $35 billion of infrastructures are in the pipeline in the Harbour City. Construction work has commenced for projects like the Barangaroo precinct, which will feature the controversial Crown casino owned by James Packer. Meanwhile, Garry Bowditch told News.com.au in an interview that Sydney has a lot of major projects in the pipeline while New South Wales is being challenged as to how it could keep up with the pace and deliver the projects on time. They have set the ’30-minute’ aspiration that would make them the leading city for transportation systems.
Australia is expected to have its first international airport in more than five decades, the Badgerys Creek. It will be connected to Western Sydney and Port Botany through the $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway. The $8.3 billion North West Rail Link and South West Rail Link will also be of great help.
Brisbane And Queensland
Brisbane has also seen a lot of buildings rise up and more are still coming after its shift from resources to knowledge-based economy. Its $5.5 billion Cross River is reportedly “ready to go.” However, it still needs more work according to the Federal Government. Other projects include the driverless $1.54 billion Brisbane Metro, the IpswhichMotorway, and the M1 are expected to reduce congestion and make the city more attractive to businessmen and professionals. Other projects within the culture and entertainment sector are also at work. These include the Star Entertainment’s $3 billion Queen’s Wharf resort development and the $2 billion Brisbane Live arena. Queensland also has key projects of its own like the $95 million Gold Coast Light Rail and $1.137 billion, 41-kilometre road, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
Melbourne And Victoria
Melbourne has been rated as one of the world’s most livable cities and just like the other alpha cities in Australia, it also has a lot of projects. These include the expensive tow nine-kilometer rail tunnels, which are estimated to be worth $10.9 billion. They are expected to run under the city linking Kensington and South Yarra. The city is also making improvements to the Monash and carrying out works for the M80 Western Ring Road upgrade and the City Link to the north and south of the CBD. The $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project is also underway. It will improve the region’s exports of fruits, vegetables, grain, and wine.
Perth And Western Australia
Perth is expected to outpace Brisbane in terms of population. Because of that, the government has set up many projects to improve transportation like the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA section. It will reduce congestion and includes new routes that will be solely for cyclists and pedestrians. It will also have an underpass for schoolchildren. Another project is the $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link and the $490 million Perth Airport Forrestfield rail line.
Adelaide And South Australia
Adelaide has been criticized for its lack of entertainment and dining options as well as fast transportation systems. Because of this, the city has started to work on a 15-kilomeer Northern Connector motorway, which is worth $985 million. The metro is also working on an $85 million train that will link Flinders University Medical Center and the Adelaide rail network.
Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Tasmania, And Other Metros
Smaller metros will also play an important role in helping major urban areas or the alpha cities. They will have better and more affordable housing, help improve congestion, establish a strong sense of community, and provide accessible green spaces. They will continue to work on integrating transport systems.