Construction begins on national infrastructure icon at Anglesea

Media Release

WT231/2015

03 August 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Work is set to begin on an upgrade of a further one kilometre stretch of the Great Ocean Road in Anglesea.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said $50 million from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments for the Great Ocean Road upgrade will ensure the iconic infrastructure is well maintained.

“The Great Ocean Road is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Australia and up to 22,000 vehicles can pass through Anglesea in peak holiday season,” Mr Truss said.

“This section of road between the Anglesea River bridge and the intersection at Tonge Street is in poor condition with constant heavy traffic travelling through Anglesea as one of the first key towns along the Great Ocean Road.”

“The Anglesea community and tourists will reap the benefits from these works which will improve the road and eliminate potholes and rough areas.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said that the Great Ocean Road was a draw card for thousands of tourists a year and it is considered one of the great icons of Australia.

“Anglesea is where the Great Ocean Road meets the coast for the first time, with many lookouts for people to take advantage of the beautiful forest and coastal scenery.”

“Once these works are complete, drivers will experience a safer journey along this popular scenic route,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the proximity of the road to the Anglesea River resulted in intermittent flooding which further deteriorated the road surface.

“These works will address the flooding which occurs on the road which is such a vital route for locals and tourists alike,” said Ms Henderson.

“Traders have regularly raised the flooding and poor road condition as an issue, which has the potential to close the road and cause delays.

“This project will also greatly improve road safety along this section, especially for tourists who may be unfamiliar with local road conditions.”

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said that the Great Ocean Road was built over 80 years ago and these works are vital in helping to maintain this iconic road.

“With so many people using this road, this upgrade is vital to ensure the journey is safe and reliable for motorists.”

"This work is unavoidable and we understand there can be inconvenience to motorists however projects such as this are scheduled for this time of year so we can ensure the tourist season runs effortlessly.”

The Australian Government has committed $25 million and the Victorian Government has committed $25 million towards a comprehensive package of works on the Great Ocean Road.

Works at Anglesea are expected to be complete by the end of 2015; the overall project is expected to be completed in mid-2018.