New projects to boost heavy vehicles safety and productivity

Regional roads across the country will benefit from new Australian Government-funded projects aimed at improving heavy vehicle safety and productivity.

Seven new projects have been approved under the latest round of funding applications for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP); two each in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria and one in New South Wales.

The Australian Government is investing over $18 million towards these seven projects under the HVSPP. This funding is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment of at least $65 million per year for the program.

The program gives funding to state, territory and local governments for projects to increase safety and productivity along heavy vehicle freight routes.

These projects include widening and upgrading roads used along heavy vehicle freight routes.

A full list of funded projects can be found below.

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Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown:

“The Australian Government continues to invest in our country’s trucking industry through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, which funds projects aimed at increasing the safety and reliability of regional roads and freight networks.

“With this new round of funding we’re able to help more local councils improve their freight access and transport throughout the community so businesses can get on with delivering their goods and services in a more efficient way.”

Funded projects:



Project Name

Project Summary

Australian Government Funding ($)

Total Project Cost ($)


Somerset Regional Council

Somerset Regional Council - Design, Strengthening and Widening on Muckerts Lane and McCulkins Lane, Fernvale

Construct a new road segment and seal at Muckerts Lane and McCulkins Lane, widening and strengthening existing roads which together will form an interhighway connecting road along the Fernvale development area.




Light Regional Council

Light Regional Council - Widening on Argent Road, Kingsford

Upgrade and widening of Argent Road (between Sturt Highway and Thiele Highway). The upgrade will also include asphalt treatments at the intersections/industrial accesses, pavement stabilisation and the formation of more suitable swale drains to manage the stormwater runoff.




Hay Shire Council

Hay Shire Council - Design and Reconstruction from Cobb Highway to Hay Aerodrome, Hay

Design and Construction of Heavy Vehicle Access from Cobb Highway to the Hay Aerodrome.




Northern Grampians Shire Council

Northern Grampians Shire Council - Upgrade Baldwin Plains Road and Tottington Road, Gre Gre

Upgrade approximately 6km of unsealed gravel road to increased width and gravel shoulders, an intersection widening at Carrols Bridge Road and drainage works.




Light Regional Council

Light Regional Council - Widening of Mudla Wirra Road, Kangaroo Flat

The upgrade of Mudla Wirra Road (between Redbanks Road and Currie Road) will include a road widening with increased sealed width and pavement formation.




Scenic Rim Regional Council

Scenic Rim Regional Council - Design and Road Alignment of Kerry Road, Kerry

Upgrade approximately 2km of Kerry Road, including road re-alignment, width and pavement strengthening.




Bass Coast Shire Council

Bass Coast Shire Council - Design, Reconstruction and Widening of Grantville Glen Alvie Road, Kernot

Design, reconstruction, and widening of approximtately 2km of Grantville Glen Alvie Road.