15 June 2009

State Governments and infrastructure

The article Tracking the Cost by Mary-Anne Toy in The Age’s Insight section, Saturday 13 June, deals with the question of why it might cost $562.3 million to build a 3.5 km rail extension from Epping to South Morang. That is an interesting question in its own right, but the sentence which caught my eye is one which tells you all you need to know about State Governments and their provision of infrastructure for a growing city:

It will be the first extension of Melbourne’s suburban rail network since the 1930s, when the Glen Waverley line was built.

In 1930 Melbourne's population had just topped the 1 million mark. By the end of this year the estimated population of the Melbourne metropolitan area will be 4 million.

Infrastructure backlog anyone?

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