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

Bolivia Hill safety upgrades progress

Media Release

WT301/2015

24 September 2015

Joint release with:

Barnaby Joyce

Minister for Agriculture
and Water Resources
Federal Member for New England

Residents are now invited to have their say on the Review of Environment Factors (REF) for the Bolivia Hill upgrade project on the New England Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the proposed upgrade will include improvements to the road to allow the speed limit to be increased to 100km/h.

“The preferred route announced in February last year aims to reduce the risk of crashes by reducing curves, providing wider road shoulders and increasing driver visibility,” Mr Truss said.

Minister for Agriculture and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the existing road alignment will be used where possible and construction of a new bridge will improve the highway's alignment.

“The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) assesses the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposed upgrade and outlines the benefits of the project,” Mr Joyce said.

“It is now publicly available so residents can see the details of the preferred route and an outline of its reduced impact on the environment and community. For instance, the design concept for the bridge minimises the number of piers and foundations required in the steepest part of the valley so there is less impact on surrounding bush land.

Residents can now view the REF and community feedback is invited until Monday 26 October. The REF will be available online on the RMS website and at a number of venues in Tenterfield and Glen Innes.

Information sessions will also be held in Tenterfield on Thursday 15 October from 3pm to 7pm at the Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts. A second session will be held in Glen Innes on Friday 16 October from 11am to 1pm at the Glen Innes Severn Learning Centre.

The upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

For more information on the New England Highway upgrade at Bolivia Hill visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/northern-nsw/bolivia-hill-new-england-highway.