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

Kennedy Highway widening works completed near Ravenshoe

Media Release

WT289/2015

17 September 2015

Joint release with:

Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

A three kilometre stretch of the Kennedy Highway near Ravenshoe has been made safer for all motorists, with a $6 million upgrade project now complete.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project was fully funded by the Australian Government and involved the highway being widened from 7.4 to 8.5 metres.

“The Kennedy Highway is a very important alternative route during times of flooding, so this project will be appreciated by all motorists,” Mr Truss said.

Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald said the improvement works will benefit local commuters, business and tourists as well as road freight operators.

“These works have allowed the speed limit to be raised from 80 to 100 kilometres an hour, which will help reduce travel time and improve traffic flows through this section of highway,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This project follows the completion of a new $5 million bridge over Nettle Creek on the Kennedy Highway at Innot Hot Springs last year.

“Both works are good news for the thousands of motorists who use the Kennedy Highway every day, and as an added bonus, 18 jobs were supported throughout the life of this project.

“The completion of this work is further evidence the Australian Government is committed to the delivery of important infrastructure improvements to the people of Far North Queensland.”