Better Henty Highway building a better local economy

Media Release

WT250/2015

14 August 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Andrew Broad

Federal Member for Mallee

A $4 million upgrade of the Henty Highway is already delivering efficiencies for the agriculture and mineral sands mining industries of the Wimmera.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the completion of works between Horsham and Warracknabeal is boosting efficiency for heavy vehicles.

“This north-south route is used extensively to move grain and other agricultural produce as well as mineral sands, making it a core part of the economic activity in the Wimmera/Mallee region,” Mr Truss said.

“It is the principal link for freight between the northwest, west and southwest areas of Victoria, providing access to Portland and the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal for the entire region.”

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said more than 1000 drivers used the Horsham to Warracknabeal section of the Henty Highway every day, including up to 200 heavy vehicles.

“Building a better road helps build a better local economy,” Mr Broad said.

“Drivers will now be able to travel more safely with wider, sealed shoulders and road restoration designed to improve rough sections of the highway.”

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan emphasised the importance of road infrastructure to the Wimmera/Mallee.

“This region is a major grain, pulse seed and oilseed grower, exporting 60 per cent of its products to world markets and this upgrade will ensure the grain industry is able to transport these goods to market more easily,” Mr Donnellan said.

“These works will deliver a safer and more reliable route for our freight industry.”

The project is part of the $80 million Road Freight Initiative, which is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($60 million) and the Victorian Government ($20 million). The Australian Government provided $3 million and the Victorian Government $1 million to this project.