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

Contractor announced for Perth to Breadalbane duplication

Media Release

PF062/2015

24 December 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Eric Hutchinson

Federal Member for Lyons

Major works will start early next year on the $44.3 million Perth to Breadalbane Midland Highway project with the VEC/Shaw Contracting Joint Venture announced as the contractor today.

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said the upgrade of the Midland Highway would result in significant time savings for industry and improve connectivity throughout Tasmania.

“The Australian Government has committed $35.44 million to the duplication between Perth and Breadalbane as part of the Midland Highway $500 million 10 Year Action Plan,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The objective of the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan is to bring the full length of the Highway up to a minimum 3 star AusRAP safety rating.”

Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said the Australian Government is working closely with the Tasmanian Government to deliver up to 30 individual construction projects over the length of the Midland Highway.

“The Midland Highway is a vital freight connection facilitating access from the Southern region to Tasmania's northern ports and is the major transport link for people travelling between the northern and southern regions,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“The project will upgrade 4.5 kilometres of the Midland Highway between Perth and Breadalbane to four lanes, improving safety, reliability, connectivity and transport efficiency.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the Tasmanian Government had committed $8.86 million toward the project.

“The Perth to Breadalbane duplication has been identified as a critical section of the Midland Highway as it carries high freight volumes and high traffic volumes relative to other sections of the Highway,” Mr Hidding said.

“Construction will include a divided dual lane highway, safer access arrangements for residents and businesses and a new grade separated intersection for Evandale Main Road at Breadalbane, which services the entrance to Launceston Airport, a key freight and tourism gateway for northern Tasmania.

“Much of the construction will be off the existing highway and construction will be staged and traffic managed to reduce the impact on traffic flow and on nearby businesses and residents.

“The project is expected to support 60 jobs during the construction phase.

“A competitive Tasmanian construction market, including interest from a number of Victorian based contractors, has seen very competitive pricing on our tenders this calendar year.  Prices have generally been better than historical averages, resulting in savings against the scoping and development phase estimates.”

Major works on the Perth to Breadalbane duplication will commence in early 2016 and are expected to be completed mid-2018.

The Australian Government is providing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government $100 million to the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan. For more information visit www.midlandhighway.tas.gov.au.