Delivering better roads for Indi

Media Release

JB102/2014

29 September 2014

Joint release with:

Sussan Ley MP

Assistant Minister for Education;
Federal Member for Farrer

The Australian Government is getting on with building world class infrastructure for Indi with a $1.8 million roads package approved today for three projects across the Indigo Shire.

The package of works involves the upgrade and seal of three gravel roads across the shire:

  • Carlyle Road between Corowa and Rutherglen;
  • Soldiers Road between Barnawartha and Chiltern-Howlong Road intersection; and
  • Sanatorium Road between Allans Flat and Yackandandah.

This funding delivers on our clear pre-election commitment to the electorate of Indi.

Works will include pavement strengthening, design improvements to upgrade long vehicle turning areas and intersection realignment where necessary.

These projects will help drive further investment throughout the Indigo Shire and grow the local economy which already generates $629 million per annum in gross regional product through beef, sheep, dairy, fruit and viticulture.

Sealing these roads is expected to reduce travel times and transport operating costs by 25 per cent meaning these key industries can grow their business and get more products to market more quickly for less.

Construction is fully funded by the Australian Government and is due to start this month with expected completion by the end of 2016.

Our investment will save the Indigo Shire Council $10,000 per annum in reduced operating and maintenance costs meaning they can re-invest those resources into other priority projects.

This roads package is another example of the Australian Government's commitment to improving the productivity and safety performance of our regional transport networks to ensure we keep motorists safe while increasing economic opportunity for local residents.

The Australian Government is strengthening the economy and creating thousands of new jobs by investing a record $7.6 billion in world class infrastructure across Victoria.