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

Stammers Road to Minniedale Road open to traffic

Media Release

WT009/2015

22 January 2015

Joint release with:

Darren Chester

Federal Member for Gippsland

Luke Donnellan

Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Progress on the $175 million Princes Highway East duplication continues with the opening today of the 1.7 kilometre section from Stammers Road to Minniedale Road near Traralgon.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said upgrading the Princes Highway East will save motorists time and money.

“The Princes Highway East forms an important link between Melbourne and Gippsland supporting the key dairy, timber, paper, coal and gas industries in the region,” Mr Truss said.

“Up to 17,000 vehicles use the Princes Highway East every day, so upgrading the highway makes good economic sense.

“Freight operators will see lower business costs through time savings, while all motorists will enjoy a safer and more efficient road.”

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said works from Stammers Road to Minniedale Road had delivered substantial road safety improvements to the area.

“By upgrading from a two lane road to a four lane dual carriageway, motorists will see less need to perform dangerous manoeuvres while stuck behind slow moving traffic,” Mr Chester said.

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said the construction team had also realigned Wilmot Court to the Minniedale Road roundabout, ensuring motorists would have safe and efficient access to the highway.

“As Victoria's first Minister dedicated to road safety, I am pleased to see the investment in road safety on a key transport route and I am looking forward to when the duplication is complete in mid-2016,” Mr Donnellan said.

The Australian Government has committed $140 million to the project, with the Victorian Government funding the remaining $35 million.