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

Upgrade improving safety in Nathalia

Media Release

MM129/2018

16 August 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Luke Donnellan MP

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety
Victorian Minister for Ports

The Hon Damian Drum MP

Federal Member for Murray

The Hon Mark Gepp MP

State Member for Northern Victoria

Upgrades are underway to deliver a safer and easier journey for drivers on the Murray Valley Highway in Nathalia, Victoria.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the $2 million upgrade between Muntz Road and Katunga-Picola Road would widen both lanes, seal shoulders and install rumble strips on a 5-kilometre section.

“We're fixing this busy agricultural freight and tourist connection as there is nothing more important than ensuring people get to their destination safely, and across Australia we are investing in vital upgrades such as this to build the roads our regional communities deserve,” Mr McCormack said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said previously the narrow road made it difficult for drivers to pass oncoming heavy vehicles.

“We have 530 heavy vehicles relying on this road each day that will now have a safer and easier journey thanks to these upgrades,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the community welcomed the upgrade after two serious crashes involving heavy vehicles occurred on the road.

“We heard the community's calls to make this stretch of road safer and that's exactly what we're doing,” Mr Drum said.

State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the farming community as well as tourists on their way to Echuca and Yarrawonga would benefit from an easier journey.

“This corridor will become safer and easier to navigate for visitors as well as locals moving grain, stock and farming equipment,” Mr Gepp said.

Traffic management will be in place with works expected to be complete by October.

The $20 million Murray Valley Highway—Echuca to Yarrawonga upgrade is jointly funded, with the Australian and Victorian Governments each committing $10 million.