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

Delivered: Gilmore gets green light for safer roads

Media Release

MM011/2018

22 March 2018

Joint release with:

Ann Sudmalis

Federal Member for Gilmore

Safer journeys are on the way for NSW South Coast drivers from Tomakin to Batemans Bay and Nowra to Coolangatta with the Australian Government approving $9 million to upgrade four main roads in the Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven shires.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said better and safer roads were crucial to the South Coast, with thousands of visitors driving throughout the region during peak season.

“Today, the Government has delivered for families and visitors to the South Coast with the Eurobodalla Roads Upgrade Package set to improve road safety, commute times and traffic flow and help support the region's tourism industry and local jobs,” Mr McCormack said.

“The roads to be upgraded as part of these works are George Bass Drive and Tomakin Road, the Princes Highway and Hector McWilliam Drive intersection, the Bolong Road Preservation project, and Beach Road between Perry Street and Vesper Street.”

Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said the investment fulfilled a 2016 federal election commitment with the projects set to produce real safety benefits for local drivers and visitors to the region.

“The roads to be upgraded are the lifeblood of these communities and will help cater to increased traffic demand and improve safety and travel times,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

“At the Tuross Head entrance road, we will see a $1.4 million package of work carried out at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Hector McWilliam Drive to improve safety for all road users. Around $3.5 million will also be spent improving the intersection of George Bass Drive and Tomakin Road by building a roundabout and modifying the intersection of George Bass Drive and Ainslie Parade.

“A further $3 million will be invested in upgrading three intersections at Batemans Bay including Beach Road and the Princes Highway, Beach Road and Perry Street as well as Beach Road and Orient Street. The final $ 1 million is to be used on the Bolong road upgrade.”

Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes welcomed the funding and thanked Ms Sudmalis for her strong advocacy on behalf of the Eurobodalla community.

“It is fantastic the Australian Government continues to support local councils with funding for key transport infrastructure,” Councillor Innes said.

The works are fully funded by the Australian Government with work on all projects expected to start by the end the year.