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Queensland's Major Project Deadline: 2022 and Beyond

Queensland's Major Project Deadline: 2022 and Beyond

3 months ago By Emily Harris
Brisbane Infrastructure Pipeline Blog

There is no denying that Queensland’s construction sector is booming, with the value of the state’s major construction and engineering future growing by almost 25% over last year alone. According to the latest report released by the Queensland Major Construction Association (QMCA) the value of the state’s major construction and engineering future is expected to reach $62 billion across the next five years[1] (QMCA, 2021).

Now in its tenth year, the QMCA annual report evaluates the current market outlook and medium term major project pipeline across the sunshine state and claims the biggest growth within the pipeline will come from rail and road transport and energy. As at October last year, $12.3billion was planned to be invested into roads, bridges and runways over the next five years, while $12.4billion was being allocated to rail projects (QMCA, 2021). In regards to roads, the key projects responsible for this investment is the Brisbane Metro and Bruce Highway (the Cooroy to Curra Section) and M1 Pacific Motorway road upgrades which are all anticipated to be finished in 2023/2024, and the Coomera Connector (Stage 1) project and the Bruce Highway (Rockhampton Ring Road) upgrade which are anticipated to be finished in 2024/2025 and 2025/2026. Meanwhile the key projects within rail contributing to the increased pipeline are the Cross River Rail Project, the North Galilee Basin Rail Project and Stage 3 of the Gold Coast Light Rail project which are all anticipated to finish construction in 2024/2025 while the Inland Rail project is expected to be completed in 2025/2026.

The deadlines of these key projects indicate that the majority of infrastructure pipeline activity is going to surge over the next two years. And while major project activity already surpassed $10 billion last year (for the first time since 2013/2014) total pipeline activity is expected to surge to over $15 billion in 2022/2023. This bodes well for those within the state’s built environment industry either currently looking for work or contemplating changing jobs.  

Another major factor that could impact Queensland’s infrastructure pipeline over the next five years is the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games. For each city the Olympics is held in, it presents a unique opportunity for the state to deliver legacy inducing infrastructure; infrastructure that will deliver economic benefits to the city long after the Olympics has been completed. For Tokyo in the lead-up to the 1964 Olympics, the country developed a high-speed rail link between Tokyo and Osaka which then became the backbone of the high-speed rail network that the Japan is renowned for today (QMA, 2021). In preparation for the 1992 games in Barcelona the city built a modern marina and created two miles of beachfront, which helped develop a thriving beachfront culture which has become something Barcelona is now renowned for and helps to support an influx of tourists[2] (Barber, 2018). What will be Brisbane and Queensland’s infrastructure legacy?

We already know that Brisbane will be the major hub for the Olympics, hosting 21 venues, including a $1 billion rebuild of the famous city sporting ground ‘the Gabba’. However other key hubs will be located on the Gold Coast (7 venues) and the Sunshine State (4 venues). Football preliminary matches will also be played in Cairns, Townsville and Toowoomba[3] (Nothling, 2021). The wide spread across major venues mean that a big focus for the state moving forward will be accelerating key transport projects that will enable fast and effective travel between Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich, as well as the construction of new facilities to handle the uptake of visitors and athletes. According to the QMCA, hosting the Brisbane Olympics represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to critically re-think and coordinate longer term development, city building and infrastructure plans – not just for hosting the Olympics, but to support the region’s economic growth, productivity and social wellbeing well into the future.  

Both the Olympics and the state’s major project pipeline indicate the significant extent of opportunity within the sunshine state’s Built Environment Industry. We’re excited to see these projects unfold and help play our part in getting the necessary skills on these projects in order to help shape and support Queensland’s growth and development.

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For those interested in finding out more – about the Queensland construction and engineering job market overall or the specific opportunities our Brisbane team currently have available, feel free to reach out to us at: info@designandbuild.com.au

or view the opportunities here: https://www.designandbuild.com.au/jobs/brisbane


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[1] QMCA. (2021). Queensland’s Major Projects Pipeline Grows By 25% To $62 Billion. QMCA. Retrieved from https://qmca.com.au/queenslands-major-projects-pipeline-grows-by-25-to-62-billion/

[2] Barber. (2018). Olympic Venues After The Games: 6 Examples Of Successful Reuse. Curbed. Retrieved from: https://archive.curbed.com/2018/2/22/17036724/olympic-venues-still-in-use-vancouver-salt-lake-sydney-atlanta

[3] Nothling. (2021). Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic Games Venues Will Be A Mix Of New And Old. Here’s How It Will Look. ABC News. Retrieved from: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-22/qld-brisbane-olympic-infrastructure-2032-games/100311674