21 June 2016

$1.07m for heavy vehicle upgrades in Corangamite

$1.07m will be provided to improve safety and increase productivity in the heavy vehicle industry in Corangamite under a re-elected Turnbull government.

Announcing the funding today, Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the upgrade would increase the efficiency of heavy vehicle operations, supporting jobs and growth in other local industries.

The heavy vehicle safety project to be carried out in Corangamite is a $2.14m upgrade to Forest Road and Grays Road, Paraparap to widen and strengthen an existing sealed quarry access road.

“The Turnbull government is committed to working with the heavy vehicle industry and getting on with the job of providing a productive freight network,” Ms Henderson said.

“A strong freight industry supports jobs and growth in our industries which rely on heavy vehicle transport, and upgrades also provide flow-on safety benefits for all road users.

“In the 12 months to the end of March this year, 204 people died nationally in fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles. This figure is far too high and highlights how much more work needs to be done to increase safety for heavy vehicle operators on our road network.

“The Turnbull government has committed to extended funding for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, ensuring that the current annual funding of $40 million continues to flow and deliver projects past 2019/20.”

Ms Henderson also committed to opposing any attempt by Labor to re-establish its failed Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

“Labor’s road safety tribunal was deliberately designed to increase union membership and union power by putting owner-drivers out of business,” Ms Henderson said.

“Funding that was set aside for the tribunal is now being re-directed to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and I look forward to engaging with local operators on what practical safety initiatives they would like rolled out.”

21 June 2016