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

Heavy vehicle highway upgrades for Terang

Media Release

WT176/2014

19 September 2014

Joint release with:

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads

Dan Tehan

Federal Member for Wannon

Access for heavy vehicles around the industrial area of Terang will soon be improved, with over $1 million to upgrade two intersections announced today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that approximately 6,000 vehicles travel on the Princes Highway West through Terang each day, including some 500 heavy vehicles.

“Heavy vehicles in this area rely on the route through town, so the productivity gains of this project will directly support the region's economy,” Mr Truss said.

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said the project was jointly funded, with a $765,000 commitment from the Australian Government and $255,000 from the Victorian Government.

“This is part of our joint Regional Freight Initiative, which is providing an unprecedented investment in the State's road network to improve productivity,” Mr Mulder said.

“The Regional Freight Initiative will deliver $80 million to roads across Victoria with $60 million committed by the Australian Government and $20 million by the Victorian Government.”

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the project would upgrade the Terang Mortlake and Old Peterborough Road intersections with the Princes Highway West, which would replace the Cobden-Terang route into town.

“Truck drivers currently find it quite a tight turn from the current Cobden-Terang Road onto the Princes Highway West, so this upgrade and route change will make it safer for both truck drivers and other motorists in town,” Mr Tehan said.

Works are expected to commence by the end of the year and be complete in late 2015.