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

Pacific Highway upgrade continues with works between Glenugie and Tyndale

Media Release

DC127/2016

29 September 2016

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Chris Gulaptis

NSW Member for Clarence

The Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is taking another giant step forward this month with major work starting on the 35-kilometre section between Glenugie and Tyndale.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said about 1.4 million cubic metres of earth and rock would be moved in this section of the upgrade in preparation for major work to start next year.

“The Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway has been notorious for accidents in the past, and I am pleased with the excellent progress of work already underway on over half the 155-kilometre upgrade length,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian and New South Wales governments' duplication of the Pacific Highway is on track for completion by 2020.”

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Pacific Highway will provide four lanes of divided road between Hexham and the Queensland border.

“The Australian and New South Wales governments' commitment to full duplication of the highway will provide a safer journey for thousands of motorists each day,” Mr Hogan said.

“The employment benefits of this investment are significant, as this section of the upgrade will create 800 new jobs, with about 2,500 direct jobs and 7,500 indirect jobs created across the Woolgoolga to Ballina project.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said contractor Seymour Whyte would carry out the work.

“The works will include clearing, erosion and sediment controls, drilling and blasting of about 500,000 cubic metres of rock, as well as installing animal fencing,” Mr Gay said.

“The fencing will be installed along the route to minimise the impact of the upgrade on sensitive environmental communities.”

New South Wales Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said Roads and Maritime Services took the project's conditions of approval, including to protect local wildlife and preserve aboriginal heritage, seriously.

“The project team has worked hard to ensure they are delivering the best outcomes for all communities along the route,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“As part of the project we are building a haul road to help keep large earthmoving equipment off local roads, improving road safety for the local community.”

Early work on this section, which is part of the wider 155-kilometre project, will be carried out for about 12 months, weather permitting.

The Australian and New South Wales governments are jointly funding the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on an 80:20 basis.

For more information on the project visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B