Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Roads to Recovery upgrade underway at Mitchell Street, Bairnsdale

Media Release

DC039/2016

07 April 2016

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are all set to benefit from the works to enhance street drainage and to introduce footpaths to improve safety along Mitchell Street in Bairnsdale.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was providing $850,000 to fully fund the project, through the Roads to Recovery Programme.

“Through the Roads to Recovery Programme, local governments around the country will receive $3.2 billion from the Government to support maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure,” Mr Chester said.

“Here in Bairnsdale this project is addressing the inadequate drainage and lack of footpaths on Mitchell Street, providing a safer environment for road users—particularly cyclists and pedestrians.

“This project is an example of the Federal Government's commitment to fixing local roads, working in partnership with councils.”

The works are being carried out by Bairnsdale-based company, Cranes Asphalting.

“Not only will Bairnsdale get better roads through this Federal Government investment, but we are also helping to retain and create local jobs,” Mr Chester said.

Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council Marianne Pelz said the works at Bairnsdale were part of the Shire's ongoing Urban Street Improvement program, which is currently at stage three.

“The program is upgrading existing streets in the centre of Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance,” Cr Pelz said.

“The Mitchell Street project includes the construction of 1100 metres of footpath, 430 metres of stormwater drainage and 6250 square metres of asphalt pavement.”

Works at Mitchell Street, Bairnsdale are expected to be completed by mid-2016.