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

Traffic Flows at Devils Pulpit

Media Release

WT045/2014

21 March 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Ports

Kevin Hogan

Member for Page

Christopher Gulaptis

NSW Member for Clarence

Motorists will benefit from reduced travel times and improved road safety on the Pacific Highway with the Devils Pulpit upgrade opened to traffic today.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government was getting on with the job of building national infrastructure projects for Australia’s future.

“The Australian Government has committed $5.64 billion from 2013-14 to duplicate the entire Pacific Highway by the end of the decade,” Mr Truss said

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay said the upgraded highway would deliver a significantly safer driving experience.

“The project targeted crash prevention through barrier installation and incorporates a new roadside rest area to help prevent driver fatigue,” Mr Gay said.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan represented Mr Truss at the opening of the carriageway and the new Tabbimoble rest area to traffic.

“With the completion of the Devils Pulpit project, 58 per cent of the Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border is now four-lane divided road,” Mr Hogan said.

New South Wales Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the Devils Pulpit upgrade involved duplicating approximately 7 kilometres of single carriageway between Grafton and Ballina.

“The Devils Pulpit Upgrade will also reduce travel times, operating costs and ongoing highway maintenance costs,” Mr Gulaptis said.

The Australian Government provided $62 million towards the $80 million Devils Pulpit project. The New South Wales Government contributed $18 million.