Community information session for Winchelsea to Colac

Media Release


23 April 2015

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Gayle Tierney

Victorian Member for Western Victoria

Colac residents have turned out today to learn more about works starting next week on the Princes Highway West duplication between Winchelsea and Colac.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian and Victorian governments have each committed $185.5 million to the project.

“Some 12,000 vehicles move through Colac each day, including around 1,400 trucks,” Mr Truss said.

“With such a high proportion of heavy vehicles on the road the need for this upgrade is clear and we expect to see real productivity benefits come out of doubling the highway's capacity.”

In Colac to join local residents at the community information session today, Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson congratulated Fulton Hogan on winning the contract for the initial 2km of works and said the community has been behind this project from the get-go.

“Fulton Hogan will start work on the upgrade in Colac from next week, improving the two kilometres from Bruce Street to Corangamite Street,” Ms Henderson said.

“It has been great to see the community included at every step of the way on this project. Nothing beats locals being able to shape their own town.

“In fact, community feedback gathered last year has meant the existing two lanes of traffic and shared cycling and parking through Colac will be kept after the upgrade.”

Victorian Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the project would considerably improve Colac's main thoroughfare, delivering a new pedestrian bridge over Barongarook Creek, and upgrades to five pedestrian crossings.

“The benefits of this project won't be confined to the Colac community, but will be felt right throughout the region, including local residents, tourists and the freight industry,” Ms Tierney said.

“Projects such as this are incredibly important and will ensure we continue to create jobs, drive growth and strengthen regional Victoria.”

The Princes Highway West duplication between Winchelsea and Colac is expected to be complete by mid-2019.