Safer passage for trucks on roads in Murray

Media Release

DC054/2017

15 March 2017

Joint release with:

Damian Drum

Federal Member for Murray

Roads in the Murray electorate will be safer thanks to the Australian Government's funding contribution to the Hume Freeway Balmattum Rest Area Upgrade.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government would provide $767,500 towards the cost of the works under Round Five of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

“The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme provides funding to the states, territories and local government to build much-needed road infrastructure that will help truckers operate more safely and efficiently,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government is continuing its commitment to deliver roads funding exactly where it is needed, based on advice provided by these jurisdictions,” Mr Chester said.

“Projects approved under the programme include building rest stops and parking bays and upgrading local roads to make them safer and more productive for heavy vehicles and other road users.”

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the $1.53 million Balmattum Rest Area upgrade will include formalisation of 20 existing heavy vehicle parking bays, providing separation between heavy and light vehicles, and the installation of a new toilet block and sewage treatment plant.

“These improvements to the truck stop are targeting heavy vehicle driver fatigue, which will reduce the number of road accidents involving heavy vehicles,” Mr Drum said.

“The Australian Government committed $97.6 million to 86 projects nationwide under Round Five for projects which will help deliver safer roads for all road users.

“The Government is providing $288 million to 2019–20 under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme,” Mr Drum said.

The Hume Freeway Balmattum Rest Area Upgrade project is expected to commence in mid-2017 and be completed in mid-2018.

More information on the programme and a full list of approved projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/hvspp.