Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List 2020

Priority List

Infrastructure Australia has released its Infrastructure Priority List for 2020, with board chair, Julieanne Alroe, stating it features thirty-seven new proposals. Ms Alroe notes the wide range of sectors covered include water, energy, health, waste and transport.

The Priority List is supported by the evidence raised from the 2019 Infrastructure Audit, and submissions from government departments, industry and the community.

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Rail and Wheel Deterioration

Wheel Det

For trains, wear and tear on rail and wheels are par for the course. Rail and wheels deteriorate due to wear, plastic deformation and fatigue. Rail-wheel deterioration, if ignored, can cause safety issues with the train and its passengers, risk of derailment, and also affect the lifecycle of the asset. It makes sense for rail infrastructure owners and train companies to develop integrated economic decision-making for operational and maintenance strategies.

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The Dish gets an Upgrade

Dish

One of Australia’s most famous assets is about to undergo an upgrade. The CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, known to many of us as The Dish, will get a new receiver, meaning it will significantly increase the amount of sky it can see at any given time.

The Dish is no stranger to Aussie legend. Back in 1969, our radio telescope was responsible for those images we see of the astronauts from Apollo 11 walking on the moon. Decades later, in 2000, the Dish was thrust into the spotlight again, with Working Dog Productions highlighting its important role in relaying those steps onto the moon’s surface to a new generation through the dramatised movie adaptation, appropriately named The Dish.

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Rigorous and regular maintenance on assets saves lives

Dreamworld1

In 2016, four lives were lost in a tragic accident at Dreamworld. The Thunder River Rapids Ride (TRRR) malfunctioned, causing the raft to flip and claim the lives of four adults within it. Two children in the raft survived.

An inquest into the deaths of Cindy Law, Kate Goodchild, Roozbeh Araghi, and Luke Dorsett was held in Queensland with the findings released by Coroner James McDougall in late February. Investigations following the incident uncovered irrefutable evidence to show that Dreamland’s poor record of safety measures and a lack of regular and rigorous maintenance procedures are to blame for the accident.

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Big Batteries

Battery

Renewable energy seems to be an answer to the current climate crisis. The coal-fired plants are aging and many believe they are responsible for excessive greenhouse gas emissions. However, what happens when the wind isn’t tickling the leaves on trees, or the sun isn’t shining in the sky? Reliance on intermittent energy sources is problematic, as power cannot be generated during those times of darkness or stillness.

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