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

Delivering an Upgraded, Safer Pacific Highway

Media Release

WT049/2014

01 April 2014

Joint release with:

Ray Williams

Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport

Luke Hartsuyker

Member for Cowper

The Acciona Ferrovial joint venture has been announced as the preferred tenderer for the design and construction of the Pacific Highway between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said works for the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads project would include constructing a new bridge, crossing the Nambucca river at Macksville, new twin bridges to cross Warrell Creek and two new grade separated interchanges.

“The current distance of the Pacific Highway along this section is 23.6 kilometres and this project will reduce the distance to 19.5 kilometres,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said more than 15,000 motorists drive on the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway every day.

“The Australian Government is prioritising projects that matter and getting on with the job of building infrastructure we need for the future,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Since the Coalition formed Government last September we have seen some very positive developments on the Pacific Highway.

“The first sod has been turned on the Urunga to Nambucca Heads section, work has been ramped up on the Frederickton to Eungai project and now we have a preferred tenderer announced for the very important section between Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads.”

New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport Ray Williams said the Australian and New South Wales governments are jointly funding the upgrade, each investing $475 million towards project design and construction.

“The project will improve road safety, allow traffic to operate during flood periods and improve amenity of local towns,” Mr Williams said.

The Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads project is expected to commence in mid-2014, with a completion scheduled for late 2016.