Federal Approval for Highland Lakes Road Upgrade

Media Release

DC145/2017

01 June 2017

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

  • Upgrade between Miena and Haulage Hill to boost tourism, improve safety and benefit key industries in the region by sealing around 20 kilometres of Highland Lakes Road and tackle three dangerous curves on Haulage Hill
  • $8.9 million project due for completion by mid-2019

Federal funding has been approved for the Highland Lakes Road Upgrade, allowing crucial sealing, realignment and widening works to start between Miena and Haulage Hill, north of Breona.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Highland Lakes Road was a key link between the Midland Highway north of Kempton and the Bass Highway at Deloraine.

“These upgrades will improve road safety and help keep the Tasmanian economy moving,” Mr Chester said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the project would benefit local industries including the forestry, agriculture and hydroelectricity sectors.

“More than 20 kilometres of the Highland Lakes Road remains unsealed, leading to wet or dusty conditions that put tourists off from visiting the region, particularly if they’re in a hire car,” Mr Hidding said.

“These works will fix that problem while improving safety through realignment and widening works on three curves on Haulage Hill which restrict the movement of heavy vehicles.”

Tasmanian Senator Jonathon Duniam said realigning the road would support the region’s industries.

“An upgraded Highland Lakes Road will also help the growth and development of the Great Lake region and surrounding areas as a hub for tourism centred on recreational activities,” Senator Duniam said.

“All drivers will benefit from reduced travel times, increased safety and reduced wear and tear on their vehicles.”

The Australian Government has committed $5 million and the Tasmanian Government over $3.9 million to the project. The works will be undertaken in three sections, with overall completion due by mid-2019, weather permitting.