Crucial safety works on the way for Great Ocean Road

Media Release

DC309/2017

16 October 2017

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Member for Corangamite

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Gayle Tierney

Victorian Member for Western Victoria

The Australian and Victorian governments are investing $50 million to make the Great Ocean Road safer and more reliable.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said improving safety along the road was a major priority.

“Tragically, we have seen six fatalities from the 213 recorded crashes along the Great Ocean Road in the five years to 2016. This is simply unacceptable for one of the country's great scenic drives, which is why we are investing additional funds above the $25 million already committed by the Australian Government since 2014 to deliver a safer Great Ocean Road,” Mr Chester said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the jointly funded five-year package of works would involve targeted safety improvements such as road and bridge strengthening, resurfacing, and upgraded safety barriers and signage.

“The Great Ocean Road is a Victorian icon drawing more than 7 million visitors each year, that's why we're investing in these important upgrades to make sure the road remains safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the works were expected to decrease the need for temporary road closures, maintaining access to key south-western Victorian locations for residents and visitors.

“While beautiful, the Great Ocean Road's susceptibility to the combined effects of age, wind, climate and coastal air means adequate investment is needed to keep the route open—particularly during peak holiday periods and events such as bushfires and floods.”

Victorian Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the works will provide a significant boost to the local economy.

“This investment will create local jobs, boost tourism in the south west and give communities along the Great Ocean Road a more reliable connection,” Ms Tierney said.

Construction on the project is due to start in early 2018, with overall completion due by mid-2022.

Planning works are underway and will continue over coming months. The Australian and Victorian governments are jointly funding the $50 million package of works.