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

Final works start on Moree bypass

Media Release

WT162/2014

03 September 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Mark Coulton

Federal Member for Parkes

Kevin Humphries

NSW Minister for Western NSW
NSW Member for Barwon

Roads in Moree will soon be safer for local motorists, with work starting this week on the final stage of the bypass.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the fully Australian Government-funded first stage of the Moree Bypass had returned the town centre roads to locals, and the second stage would repeat that success on the approach to town.

“The Newell Highway is the main inland route between Victoria and Queensland, so finishing the bypass will improve travel times for freight on the highway, and clear even more traffic from the town area,” Mr Truss said.

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the bypass would mean more than 1,600 heavy vehicles will no longer enter Moree on a daily basis.

“With work starting this week, we expect to have trucks permanently off Moree's streets in early 2016, weather permitting, which is great news for the local community,” Mr Gay said.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the final 1.8 kilometre section of the bypass will run parallel to Gosport Street, between Bullus Drive and the Gwydir Highway, known locally as Alice Street.

“The bypass will remove trucks from the South Frome Street commercial area, which will significantly improve safety for local motorists and pedestrians,” Mr Coulton said.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said the Australian and NSW governments have each committed $15 million to construction of the final stage of the Moree bypass.

“The bypass is a prime example of the Australian and New South Wales Governments working together to build vital infrastructure in country regions that had previously been neglected,” Mr Humphries said.