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

New Roadside Facilities for Truck Drivers

Media Release

WT037/2013

28 November 2013

Joint release with:

Tom Koutsantonis

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Roadside facilities are set to improve for truck drivers using national routes in South Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said fatigue was a significant issue for all drivers, particularly long haul drivers who spent hours at the wheel.

“The installation of roadside rest areas for heavy vehicles is an important road safety measure known to reduce fatigue-related crashes,” Mr Truss said.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Tom Koutsantonis said upgrades to facilities include new surfacing, signs, shelters, seats and bins.

“The South Australian Government remains committed to improving regional and remote transport connections by providing safe and efficient freight routes,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

“Upgrading these roadside facilities not only helps support our agriculture, mining and manufacturing sectors but also extends the benefits to all motorists and regional communities.”

Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said new parking bays would be built on three highways—the Stuart Highway north of Coober Pedy and south of Glendambo, the Eyre Highway near Kimba, and the Sturt Highway east of Monash and west of Renmark.

“We will also be upgrading two parking bays on the Sturt Highway—west of Nuriootpa and east of Truro,” Mr Ramsey said.

The total cost of construction will be $3,980,000. Works are expected to start in December and be completed by June 2014.