Funding Locked in for Condah-Hotspur Road

Media Release

WT013/2014

14 February 2014

Joint release with:

Denis Napthine

Premier of Victoria
Member for South West Coast

Dan Tehan

Federal Member for Wannon

Funding for Condah-Hotspur Road has been locked in by the Coalition Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Victorian Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine and Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan in Warrnambool today.

“While big-ticket projects often get the headlines our regional communities are not going to be forgotten—our plans for infrastructure investment extend beyond our urban centres,” Mr Truss said.

“As the largest timber plantation region in Australia timber trucks are closely interacting with school buses and passenger vehicles daily on a road that is just not up to standard.

“Key to this upgrade is strengthening and widening the existing road to improve safety and boost productivity for the local industry.

“For the local economy, addressing capacity issues and improving the efficiency of taking timber to market, including for export, should boost both investment and job opportunities and will increase the international competitiveness of the local industry.

“Almost $2.5 million in Commonwealth funding for the upgrade will be available in the next phase of our Infrastructure Investment Programme,” Mr Truss said.

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Government had come to the party with $1.3 million for the upgrade.

“The Victorian Government is pleased to reaffirm our commitment to this important project,” Dr Napthine said.

“This project is not only about boosting the productivity of our growing plantation timber industry, it is also about dramatically enhancing safety for school buses, local residents and other road users.

“Our investment is about increasing the prosperity of this region, and in turn the state's bottom line.

“Projects like this support the local employment base and improve safety on our roads, as well as connect regional townships and communities to further local opportunities.”

Mr Tehan said confirming these commitments instilled a sense of achievement as the local representative in Canberra.

“I made this promise to the people of Wannon and getting the road fixed is a testament to the determination of the local community I stand for,” Mr Tehan said.

“Once final planning is complete the upgrade will get underway along the entire length of the road between the townships of Condah and Hotspur and the Crawford River Bridge.

“This is part of my pledge to get more federal dollars into our local roads” Mr Tehan said.

The Condah-Hotspur Road upgrade is expected to commence in the second half of 2014 and be completed by early 2016.