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A report yesterday warned that the condition of state and local roads, rail and electricity infrastructure had all gone backwards.
THE problems plaguing Labor in NSW were highlighted yesterday when
The report by Engineers Australia found that "major changes" were needed to the state's infrastructure as it was generally in a poor to average condition.
As the population is forecast to rise by between 30 and 60 per cent by 2051, the private and public sectors would need to invest a significant amount of money just to bring the infrastructure to a reasonable standard.
Population growth would only intensify the demand for water, electricity and transport services.
While NSW Premier Kristina Keneally denied the state was performing badly, the NSW opposition said the state was an "infrastructure basketcase". Ms Keneally said the government would look at the report. The report recommended the creation of an independent planning infrastructure advisory group to co-ordinate planning and advise the federal body Infrastructure Australia, which makes recommendations on priority projects.
NSW was rebuffed in the initial funding round from the main federal cash box, the Building Australia Fund, and again failed to get recognition for key projects in IA's updated priority list.
The report also proposed that NSW develop a long-term infrastructure plan that took into account population growth.
Population is a key battleground in the federal campaign, with Julia Gillard promising a "sustainable" population as she rejects Kevin Rudd's big Australia.
National roads were in better condition than state roads, the Engineers Australia report found. While the physical quality of state roads may have improved, the report found, the service quality had deteriorated as congestion got worse.
This article first appeared on www.theaustralian.com.au
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