Coalition Rescues New South Wales Roads Left in Limbo by Labor

Media Release


16 December 2013

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs today announced the Australian Government will provide almost $220 million to four major New South Wales projects left unfunded by the previous Labor government.

The Coalition Government will provide, on budget, funding for four projects that under Labor were contingent on the failed mining tax—namely works at Bolivia Hill near Tenterfield, climbing lanes at Mount Ousley, the Tourle Street Bridge duplication at Newcastle Port (Kooragang Island) and building a level crossing at Scone.

“Since forming government the Coalition has been focused on cleaning up Labor's mess,” Mr Truss said.

“Despite the former Regional Investment Fund being bankrupt due to Labor's dud mining tax, the Coalition will now pick up the pieces and work with the state government to deliver these important projects.

“Today's announcement is another clear example of the Coalition's commitment to infrastructure and the priority we place on it as part of our plan to drive strong economic benefits for our major cities and regional areas.”

The funding announced today is now fully secured and budgeted, including:

Improvements at Bolivia Hill near Tenterfield $80 million
Mount Ousley Climbing Lanes $42 million
Newcastle Port—Kooragang Island (Tourle Street Bridge duplication) $51.9 million
Scone Level Crossing $45 million

The Coalition Government will fund the realignment of the three kilometre Bolivia Hill section of the New England Highway to improve road safety, particularly for heavy vehicles.

Further south on the New England Highway the Scone Level Crossing will finally be built to address congestion.

Two new northbound and two new southbound climbing lanes will be built on Mount Ousley Road between Bulli Tops and the Picton Road interchange and the Tourle Street Bridge will be duplicated near Newcastle and its approaches upgraded.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said despite economic and fiscal challenges, the Coalition had a very significant platform of projects to get underway.

“The Australian Government recognises that transport infrastructure in New South Wales is essential to the prosperity of not only the state, but also the wellbeing of our national economy,” Mr Briggs said.

“This announcement is good news for the state's motorists and freight transporters. With guaranteed investment figures like these, you really don't have to look too far to find great examples of the work this Government is doing to improve roads and freight transport in New South Wales.”