16 October 2013

Great Ocean Road

Work on the Great Ocean Road will start as a matter of priority with $15 million of federal funding available this financial year.

VicRoads has already begun work on the scope of the Great Ocean Road upgrade which will take two or three months to complete.

I will be working closely with the Victorian Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, VicRoads and the Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, to ensure that key stakeholders such as the relevant local councils and the G21 Alliance, along with the community, can provide feedback on their priorities for the upgrade.

The upgrade over five years involves road surface maintenance, improvements to roadside cuttings and drainage, restoration of structures such as bridges, culverts and retaining walls, drainage and resurfacing works.

This iconic tourist attraction is critical for our regional economy – for jobs, road safety and tourism.

The Great Ocean Road is the centrepiece of our regional $2.1 billion tourism industry which supports 10,000 local jobs.

The Great Ocean Road will get a much needed $25 million upgrade under a Coalition government, to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Victorian Government.

We are committed to building the roads of the 21st century as part of our plan to build a stronger economy and a stronger society.