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

$40 million to upgrade the Great Northern Highway

Media Release

WT069/2015

06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

Western Australian Minister for Transport

Improvements to the Great Northern Highway in Western Australia will be delivered as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government is providing the funding for works to specifically improve Australia's key national highway networks.

“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is allocating $32.2 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme to construct a bypass of New Norcia and upgrade floodways between Meekatharra and Newman on the Great Northern Highway.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said funding under the National Highway Upgrade Programme will support the national and state freight task.

“These Great Northern Highway projects will be jointly funded, with the Western Australian Government providing $8.05 million, in partnership with the Australian Government's $32.2 million,” Mr Nalder said.

“This programme is another example of the Australian and Western Australian governments' commitment to building productive infrastructure for the local community.”

Construction on the Great Northern Highway New Norcia Bypass and floodways projects are expected to commence in 2015–16.