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

Safety first for Warrego Highway between Oakey and Miles

Media Release

DC386/2017

30 November 2017

Joint release with:

David Littleproud

Federal Member for Maranoa

John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom

The first part of a $40 million series of innovative safety upgrades between Oakey and Miles has been completed on the Darling Downs.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrades were part of the Australian Government's commitment to reducing crashes and fatalities on the national road network.

“The Australian Government is contributing $32 million towards the $40 million upgrade of this stretch of the Warrego Highway,” Mr Chester said.

“We are rolling out a significant number of upgrades through our infrastructure investment program, which are making our roads safer and more efficient for all drivers. The works happening along the length of the Warrego Highway are all part of our plan, and an important part of our commitment to deliver safer roads.”

Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the safety upgrades drew upon successful international safety programs to introduce high-visibility signs and road marking proven to be effective at reducing crashes.

“International research indicates that the new town entry treatments installed as part of this upgrade can reduce the number of crashes by more than 25 per cent,” Dr McVeigh said.

“I will be very interested to see the effect the new entry treatment has in Jondaryan. These are designed to remind drivers to slow down and Jondaryan is situated in a location where drivers have been doing 100kph for an extended period of time.”

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said Macalister, Warra and Brigalow had all received bright new town entry treatments as part of the upgrade in his electorate, while wide centrelines had also been built at various locations between Oakey and Miles.

“The treatments include additional striped line markings and a bright red, raised area on the road surface and are an important investment in the local road network and road safety in general,” Mr Littleproud said.

This is one of 15 projects being delivered as part of the Australian Government's $508 million commitment to the $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program in partnership with the Queensland Government.

The remaining four packages under the $40 million upgrade between Oakey and Miles will be complete by late 2018. For more information visit tmr.qld.gov.au/.