$1.8 million roads package delivered in Indigo

Media Release

JB094/2015

09 September 2015

The Australian Government is delivering first class infrastructure for Indi with construction now complete on the $1.8 million Indigo Shire Roads package.  This is delivering on an election promise made by Sophie Mirabella during the last election and announced by Barnaby Joyce.

The completed package of works has upgraded and sealed three gravel roads:

  • Carlyle Road between Corowa and Rutherglen;
  • Soldiers Road between Harkins Road and Fishers Road (Barnawartha); and
  • Sanatorium Road between Allans Flat and Yackandanadah.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said these upgrades will help drive future economic growth and investment throughout the region.

“Sealing these roads is expected to reduce travel times and transport operating costs by 25 per cent meaning local industry can get more of their products to market more quickly and keep growing their businesses,” Mr Briggs said.

“This completed project is another example of the Australian Government prioritising the safety of motorists and improving economic opportunities for local residents and industry”.

Liberal Candidate for Indi Sophie Mirabella welcomed the completion of the project which was fully funded by the Australian Government.

“After listening to the Indigo Shire, these vital upgrades were a key election commitment of mine in 2013, so it's great to see construction is now complete and the roads are open to traffic,” Ms Mirabella said.

“The local economy in the Indigo Shire generates $629 million a year in gross regional product through beef, sheep, dairy, fruit and viticulture, and this investment will help drive future growth.

“These upgrades will also 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.”

Sophie Mirabella inspected the Sanatorium Road with Indigo Shire Mayor, Cr Bernard Gaffney today. 

Cr Gaffney said: “We are pleased that Sophie listened to our concern of road safety and economic benefit that has come with this road funding.

Sophie made the commitment before the 2013 election and has followed through on that commitment.”

“These roads were identified by Council as in need of immediate attention.  To raise $ 1.84 million would have been a major impost on the Indigo community.”

Construction on this project began in November 2014 and was completed in July 2015—some minor intersection works on Soldiers Road are being undertaken by VicRoads and the final seal on all three roads is scheduled for late 2015.