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

Work starts on two new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Mackay

Media Release

WT017/2016

19 January 2016

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Work started today on construction of two new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Mackay.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will result in a southbound overtaking lane at Kitty Creek, 10 kilometres north of Kuttabul, and a northbound overtaking lane at Carey's Creek, seven kilometres south of Calen.

“The Australian Government's commitment to fully fund these works will improve safety and efficiency on this stretch of the Bruce Highway—all part of the Government's 10 year commitment to the Bruce Highway,” Mr Truss said.

“Upgrades like these not only increase capacity, but also allow motorists to safely overtake slower moving vehicles like trucks, buses and vehicles towing caravans.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the start of works was good news for all motorists using this section of the highway.

“This is a busy section of the Bruce, not only for those of us who live here but also for the many tourists who travel the coast and those operating heavy vehicles carrying freight,” Mr Christensen said.

“It amounts to thousands of vehicles every day.

“These new overtaking lanes between Mackay and Calen are expected to be finished by the middle of the year, and I know every single motorist will appreciate them.

“They not only make travelling the highway safer, they also provide commercial vehicle operators with the efficiency gains they need to compete in a very competitive market place.”

For more information on the Bruce Highway upgrade visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/projects/brucehighway.aspx