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$4.5 million road safety boost for the Bellarine

Road users across the Bellarine are set to benefit from a $4.5 million safety upgrade of the Portarlington Queenscliff Rd funded under the Morrison Government’s Road Safety Program.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on rural and regional roads is a key priority of the Morrison Government.

“Making our roads safer is a critical component of our work to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads and move towards achieving vision zero—that is zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads by 2050,” Senator Henderson said.

“Due to population growth, the Portarlington Queenscliff Rd is under increasing pressure.  In 2019, there was a tragic two car accident at the corner of Andersons Rd in which two people were killed. This safety upgrade will make a very major difference.

“Across our region, the following funding is being delivered:

  • $4.5 million for the Portarlington to Queenscliff Road safety upgrade
    This project will seal road shoulders, widen intersections, install street lighting, safety barriers and other improvements, set to be completed by the end of this year.
  • $1.1 million for safety upgrades on the Great Ocean Road, Colac Lavers Hill Road and Cobden Port Campbell Road
    Work will be carried out to improve the road surface, install safety barriers, improve road shoulders and other improvements, also set to be completed by the end of this year.

“This major investment in targeted road safety projects builds on the hundreds of millions of dollars the Morrison government is investing in road safety upgrades across the Corangamite electorate.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said one life lost on Australian roads is one too many.

“That’s why the Australian Government has committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Our Government is committed to keeping our communities safe, while securing our economic recovery.

“We are also investing significantly in other life-saving road safety initiatives including the Black Spot Program, Targeted Road Safety Works initiative and Road Safety Innovation Fund.

“This additional funding complements that work, resulting in an even greater roll out of improved infrastructure and roads right across the nation.”

For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit

Media Contact:

Deputy Prime Minister – Sarah Holder 0460 306 892

Senator Sarah Henderson – Anna Hindson 0490 441 554

12 August 2021

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