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

Landry delivers new overtaking lanes on the Bruce

Media Release

WT025/2015

30 January 2015

Joint release with:

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

Two new overtaking lanes south of Sarina opened by Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today are already boosting safety for all motorists on the Bruce Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said creating safer overtaking opportunities was part of an overall strategy to improve the Bruce Highway.

“These new lanes are providing better overtaking conditions for everyone travelling on the Bruce Highway, contributing to fewer accidents and reduced congestion,” Mr Truss said.

“The project has been fully funded by the Australian Government as part of our $175 million Overtaking Lanes programme. We are working hard to build a better, safer Bruce Highway, in partnership with the Queensland Government.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the $8.5 million project involved construction of a 1 kilometre northbound overtaking lane and a 1.1 kilometre southbound overtaking lane between Koumala and Sarina.

“This is great news for the region, with more than 5,000 drivers traveling on this stretch of highway every day,” Ms Landry said.

“Keeping the Bruce Highway moving is vital for Queensland's economic performance and these new lanes will reduce time spent on the road by locals, visitors and our freight industry.”

The Australian Government has committed a further $275 million from 2014–15 for the construction of new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.