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

Burrumbeet to Trawalla Western Highway duplication opens

Media Release

WT040/2015

17 February 2015

Joint release with:

Dan Tehan

Federal Member for Wannon

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Motorists will soon be able to travel on a safer, two-lane divided highway between Burrumbeet and Trawalla, with a 23-kilometre section of the Western Highway opening this week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the opening is a key milestone in the ongoing duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat and Stawell.

“This upgraded section of the highway means people driving from Ballarat to Beaufort can take advantage of continuous overtaking opportunities and have peace of mind with safer intersections,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, who was onsite today to celebrate the upcoming opening of the upgraded section of road, said some works would continue from Burrumbeet to Trawalla after the opening.

“This week will see large beams lifted into place to form a major interchange and highway overpass at Eurambeen, between Beaufort and Buangor,” Mr Tehan said.

“Construction is also well underway on 15 kilometres west of Beaufort while major earthworks will begin on a six kilometre bypass of Buangor in March.”

Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said continuing works will also improve on and off ramps at Remembrance Drive and reconnect the Avenue of Honour.

“The Western Highway upgrade will better connect Ballarat with surrounding regional towns and ensure economic growth and development in the years ahead,” Mr Donnellan said.

The Australian Government has committed $501.3 million and the Victorian Government $161 million to duplicate the Western Highway from Ballarat and Stawell.