23 June 2016

Turnbull Coalition Government to deliver vital safety upgrades for Princes Highway

A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will deliver $20 million for vital road safety upgrades on the Princes Highway west from Colac to the South Australian Border.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan and Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson announced the funding in Colac today.

Mr Tehan said the Turnbull Coalition was committed to investing in road projects across western Victoria which provide a range of benefits to local communities.

He said the Princes Highway west was a vital link for freight and travelling from South Australia through to Melbourne. 

“The Princes Highway west is the main road link between Melbourne, South West Victoria and South Australia, so these upgrades are critical for supporting our key transport corridor through Victoria’s western district,” Mr Tehan said.

“Significant industries in western Victoria, such as dairy, agriculture and forestry will welcome more reliable travel times with safer and more efficient transport on the Princes Highway west because of these upgrades.

“The upgrades will also be welcomed by tourists travelling to the Great Ocean Road and iconic destinations in the Warrnambool and Glenelg area.

“This announcement shows the Coalition’s commitment to providing funding for regional road upgrades.”

Ms Henderson said she was committed to fighting for funding to deliver vital road safety upgrades throughout Corangamite.

“The Turnbull Coalition Government’s funding for the Princes Highway west is already delivering many benefits for communities between Geelong and Colac.

“These benefits include time savings, greater industry productivity, and a safer travel experience.

“This new funding will be allocated to the most important road maintenance and upgrades identified west of Colac.”

Mr Tehan said the Turnbull Coalition Government had initiated the $345 million Victorian Rural and Regional Roads Package following Labor’s decision to cancel the East West Link.

“This funding will come from the Victorian Rural and Regional Roads Package and we expect that it will be matched by the Victorian Government to provide a $40 million package of works for the Princes Highway west,” Mr Tehan said.

23 June 2016