Gillenbah Rest Area and Safety Upgrade Complete

Media Release

WT064/2014

02 May 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Ports

Adrian Piccoli

NSW Member for Murrumbidgee

Michael McCormack

Federal Member for Riverina

Heavy vehicle operators using the Newell Highway at Gillenbah will benefit from improvements to a section often used for stopping and resting.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian and New South Wales governments provided $4.8 million for work on an 800 metre section of the highway, about two kilometres south of Narrandera.

“The Australian Government is working hard to provide better road side facilities to improve safety and productivity outcomes for heavy vehicle operators,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said pedestrians would also benefit from the works, which include shoulder widening and improved access to properties, new kerb and guttering, line marking and installation of signs, a footpath and pedestrian refuge.

“The Newell Highway is a key link between Victoria and Queensland and an important freight route running parallel to the east coast,” Mr McCormack said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay said work included improvements to access to an existing service station, including turning lanes for east and westbound motorists.

“New street lighting as part of the project will be installed by a contractor by the end of June,” Mr Gay said.

New South Wales Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli said supporting the natural environment was a government priority during the planning and construction project stages.

“A number of native trees were planted near the work site to offset the loss of native vegetation and nest boxes were placed in trees near the road to provide wildlife including possums, gliders, owls, cockatoos and parrots with a place to rest, keep warm and breed.”

The work was undertaken as part of the Australian Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.