New projects to improve heavy vehicle safety and productivity

Motorists and truckies who live in and travel through regional Australia will benefit from new Australian Government-funded projects targeting heavy vehicle safety and productivity.

The funding is part of the Australian Government’s nationwide investment of over $34.8 million in 18 projects under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

The HVSPP provides funding to state, territory and local governments for projects that increase safety and productivity for the trucking industry and communities.

Projects funded under the program include widening and upgrading roads used along heavy vehicle freight routes as well as delivering new and upgraded truck stop rest areas.

The Australian Government has committed at least $65 million per year to the HVSPP.

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

“The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program funds projects increasing safety and reliability for the trucking industry across Australia, to enhance access and improve freight transport through local communities.

“These projects will support local communities by assisting businesses to deliver and receive their products and services more efficiently.”

Funded projects:


Project Name

Project Summary

Australian Government Commitment ($)

Total Project Cost ($)

New South Wales

Bega Valley Shire Council

Bega Valley Shire – Arthur Kaine Drive Pavement Renewal and Raising, Merimbula

Pavement renewal and raising on Arthur Kaine Drive, Merimbula



Walcha Council

Walcha Council – Derby Street Reconstruction – Walcha

Reconstruct Derby Street including strengthening and widening pavement and upgrading drainage, Walcha



Transport for NSW

Kyeamba Gap Rest Area upgrade, Kyeamba

Investigate, design and upgrade existing rest area at Kyeamba Gap northbound on the Hume Highway near Kyeamba, including two additional toilets



Transport for NSW

Snowy Mountain Highway and Kosciuszko Road Intersection Upgrade, Pine Valley

Upgrade existing intersection configuration to current standards by widening left-turn lane on eastbound Kosciuszko Road and installing safety barrier to protect from hazards within the clearzone




Isaac Regional Council

Isaac Regional Council – Golden Mile Road Rehabilitation, Dysart

Design and deliver pavement rehabilitation works of at least 14 kilometres along Golden Mile Road



Rockhampton Regional Council

Rockhampton Regional Council – Parkhurst Industrial Area road and intersection upgrades– Parkhurst

Upgrade existing roads and intersections in the Parkhurst Industrial Area, Rockhampton



Maranoa Regional Council

Maranoa Regional Council – Hoganthulla Road/Mt Moffatt Road Intersection Upgrade – Forestvale

Realign the intersection of Hoganthulla Road with Mt Moffatt Road to improve heavy vehicle movements in a safer and more efficient manner. Project includes improving pavement, sealing, line marking and signage



Etheridge Shire Council

Georgetown Vehicle Wash Down Facility

Design and construct vehicle wash-down facility to improve biosecurity and reduce spread of weeds and seeds



South Australia

District Council of Loxton Waikerie

District Council of Loxton-Waikerie – Taplan Road Sealing Project

Seal and widen 8 kilometres of Taplan Rd to 7.6-metre width with 1.5-metre shoulders, from its intersection with Christie Rd to its intersection with Hondow Rd, including 450 metres of resealing through the centre of Taplan to enable heavy vehicle use 



SA, Department for Infrastructure and Transport

New rest area and an upgrade of existing rest area on the Stuart Highway between Glendambo and Pimba, South Australia

Construct one new rest area and upgrade one rest area between Glendambo and Pimba, remote South Australia



SA, Department for Infrastructure and Transport

Upgrade of Marrabel Road culvert and Curio Road intersection, Marrabel

Replace the Marrabel Road culvert over Light River and upgrade the adjacent Curio Road junction to provide turning lanes suitable for 26-metre B-double movements




Dorset Council

Dorset Council – culvert replacement and road improvements at Lone Star Creek – Golconda Road, Golconda

Replace existing culverts with larger box culvert, realign the road, install safety rails, and widen and straighten pavement on Golconda Road, Golconda




Horsham Rural City Council

Horsham Rural City Council – Gross Bridge load modelling and retrofitting, Longerenong

Establish a numerical model to help identify a bridge’s weak point, then use the model to upgrade an aged weak bridge as an example of the potential productivity and safety benefits for similar bridges 



Wangaratta Rural City Council

Rural City of Wangaratta – Newman Street upgrade, Wangaratta

Widen and upgrade the seal to 12 metres and upgrade the drainage on 1.1 kilometres of Newman Street, Wangaratta



Horsham Rural City Council

Horsham Rural City Council – Riverside Road alignment and safety upgrades, Horsham

Undertake the following on Riverside Road, adjacent to Riverside Road Bridge.
Improve the embankments on both approaches to the bridge
Upgrade the guardrails Improve intersections on the bridge approaches
Provide safe access for pedestrians
Improve signage and road markings to alert drivers of the possible presence of cyclists



Northern Grampians Shire Council

Northern Grampians Shire Council – Banyena Pimpinio Road upgrade – Banyena

Widen and upgrade sealed pavement and unsealed shoulders on two sections totalling 3.9-kilometres of Banyena Pimpinio Road, Banyena



Baw Baw Shire Council

Baw Baw Shire Council – Gardner and Holman Road Upgrade

Upgrade Gardner and Holman Road by widening, stabilising and sealing the pavement for at least 900 metres, including improving drainage and re-aligning the intersection at Lye and Dixon Road



Victoria, Department of Transport

Victorian Department of Transport – Upgrade Barry’s Bay rest area – Hume Freeway, Wandong  

Upgrade existing Barry’s Bay rest area to provide new and wider pavement and to separate heavy and light vehicle parking on the Hume Freeway, Wandong