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

Strategic planning for better safer roads

Media Release

DC440/2017

15 December 2017

  • Australian Government announces a $5 million Princes Highway Corridor Strategy
  • Strategy to guide investment priorities for major freight and tourism corridor
  • Review of the National Land Transport Network to commence in early 2018

The Australian Government will fully fund a strategy to establish Princes Highway priority upgrades between Sydney and Port Augusta.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has committed $5 million in federal funding with an intention of developing a 10 year program of works across three states.

“This strategy will prioritise short, medium, and long term projects across the corridor to help the individual states and Australian Government identify future funding priorities,” Mr Chester said.

“We need to work across state borders to develop a corridor plan for the Princes Highway which is a critical link for regional visitor economies, agriculture, energy, the timber industry and local traffic.

“In Victoria, sections of the Princes Highway have been deemed to be the highest risk sections of road in the state.

“I'm keen to work with the New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian state governments to pull together any existing planning work and develop a 10 year rolling program of works.”

The Australian Government has already invested $634 million to upgrade the Highway across the three states, including duplication works between Traralgon and Sale, upgrades between Winchelsea and the South Australian border and planning for a new bridge across the Shoalhaven River at Nowra.

In addition, Mr Chester also announced the first review of the National Land Transport Network since 2014 which will allow all governments, territories and industry stakeholders to have their say on future corridor priorities across the country.

“When the last review of the National Land Transport Network was conducted we undertook to take a regular review process of the Network to ensure it aligns with current infrastructure investment,” Mr Chester said.

The review will commence in early 2018 and will focus on the current network to see what needs to be removed or added to ensure it reflects the current freight movements across the country. A formal consultation process as part of the review will be announced in the new year.