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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

New Truck Stop to help fight driver fatigue around Moe

Media Release

DC182/2017

22 June 2017

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Russell Broadbent

Federal Member for McMillan

Harriet Shing

Member for Eastern Victoria

  • Truck stop to deliver new rest area, freeway ramp upgrades, and landscaping improvements to enhance the town entrance
  • Project part of strategy to tackle fatigue-related crashes on the Princes Highway

Heavy vehicle and motorist safety will be improved around Moe with the construction of a new truck stop at the western end of the town.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was part of a strategy to provide truck rest areas as a way to reduce the risk of crashes along the Princes Highway between Longwarry and the New South Wales border.

“This project will see a new truck stop built as well as significant upgrades to the freeway exit ramp and Old Gippstown car park,” Mr Chester said.

“Over recent months, we have been speaking with stakeholders including Latrobe City Council, the freight industry, and local community groups about what shape the project should take.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the location of the truck stop had now been determined in consultation with key stakeholders including the freight industry.

“We're investing in this project to improve safety on Gippsland roads and increase road transport productivity,” Mr Donnellan said.

“We've listened to truck drivers, the Victorian Transport Association and the local community, now we're getting on with delivering a new truck stop for Moe.”

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said the upgrade will provide truck drivers with a safe option to rest along one of the most challenging and demanding freight routes in the state.

“The project also includes significant upgrades to the existing freeway exit ramp and extensive landscaping to enhance the western entry to Moe,” Mr Broadbent said.

State Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said that planned landscaping works will provide a welcoming entry to Moe.

“We'll retain all of the existing Pin Oak trees along the exit ramp, while new trees and native plants will to help screen the truck stop.”

Construction on the project is expected to start in late 2017. 

The Australian Government has committed $1.48 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, with the Victorian Government also committing $1.48 million to the project.

Darren Chester with Russel Broadbent at site of new truck stop at Moe

Darren Chester with Russel Broadbent