Heavy Vehicle Safety Programme to deliver $107 million
19 November 2015
Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher today announced a further instalment of the Australian Government's commitment to more productive and safer roads.
“$107 million will be available through Round Five of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme to State, Territory and Local government for eligible projects,” Mr Fletcher told the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Ballarat.
“The programme is an important part of our road safety and infrastructure efforts. Applications will be open from 2 December 2015 to 10 February 2016.”
Mr Fletcher told the conference that roads were of clear, common interest to all levels of government, and for many councils roads were their largest expenditure item.
Mr Fletcher said that the productivity benefits of road investment were demonstrated through works underway on the Pacific Highway.
“The Australian Government has committed $5.6 billion to complete the duplication of the Pacific Highway by the end of the decade. When the four-lane highway is completed it will save 2.5 hours on a typical trip from Hexham to the Queensland border.”
Mr Fletcher said that the first Australian Infrastructure Plan, presently being developed by IA and due to be released in 2016, would be a major determinant of infrastructure investment over the next decade.
More information on Australian Government funding for transport projects is online at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au.