Contracts awarded for Hume Highway Flat Rock rest area

Media Release

MCC006/2015

14 October 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Dr Sharman Stone

Federal Member for Murray

Flat Rock rest area on the Hume Highway is set for a $1.92 million facelift with the contract for works awarded to Wrights Earthmoving Pty Ltd and Tall Otter Enterprises Pty Ltd.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the $960,000 contributed by the Australian Government has been awarded under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

“Nationally, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $200 million over five years to improve safety and productivity outcomes of heavy vehicles operating on Australian roads,” Mr McCormack said.

“It is yet another example of the Australian Government's commitment to building safe, productive infrastructure to meet current and future needs.

“Research shows that around 20 per cent of fatal road accidents in Victoria involve driver fatigue and the completion of this project early next year will reduce the risk of such accidents.”

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said the Victorian Government has also contributed $960,000 to the rest area upgrade as part of the Victorian Government's $1 billion commitment over eight years to repair and upgrade roads in regional Victoria.

“The Victorian Government is committed to reducing the number of fatigued-related crashes involved heavy vehicles,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The upgrade to Flat Rock will cater for the increasing volume of vehicles travelling southbound along the Hume Highway and encourage drivers to take breaks and reduce fatigue.

“It will also reduce the number of heavy vehicles parking at informal rest areas and improve compliance with driving hour regulations.

“There was an increasing need to improve facilities and parking areas along key freight routes.

“The upgrade, situated eight kilometres south of Euroa, will provide an additional 13 parking bays for heavy vehicles, a new toilet block, upgraded pavement and more tables and chairs.”

Federal Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone said the project will provide a boost to the local community and the state's economy while improving safety outcomes.

“There is an increasing need to improve facilities and parking areas the Hume Highway—a key freight route and transport thoroughfare,” Dr Stone said.

“This particular upgrade will improve productivity for freight operators on the Hume Highway by providing them with safer locations to park, rest and plan efficient trips.”

Construction for the rest area is due to commence in late October and be completed by early 2016.