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

Improving safety on East Gippsland roads

Media Release

DC168/2017

08 June 2017

Joint release with:

Colin Toohey

Deputy Mayor, East Gippsland Shire Council

  • $573,000 to fix high risk intersection at Service and Francis Streets in Bairnsdale
  • Australian Government committed to delivering a safer, more efficient national road network

The Australian Government is delivering safer roads in East Gippsland, with $573,000 to fix the intersection at Service and Francis Streets, Bairnsdale.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Australian Government was focused on ensuring road safety is a partnership between all levels of government and the community.

“We are partnering with East Gippsland Shire Council to deliver much needed local upgrades by fixing the dangerous intersection of Service Road and Francis Street,” Mr Chester said.

“This is just one example of the Australian Government's commitment to improving roads across East Gippsland Shire with over $20.2 million being invested in the area between 2014 and 2019 under Roads to Recovery.”

East Gippsland Shire Deputy Mayor Colin Toohey said the Service Street upgrade was a crucial safety improvement for Bairnsdale motorists and pedestrians.

“This project will tackle a dangerous intersection with poor sight lines for drivers and heavy turning traffic, including large delivery trucks that frequently use the intersection,” Cr Toohey said.

“We welcome the Australian Government's contribution of $573,000 to build a new roundabout and deliver associated footpath upgrades.

“Work on the project is underway and completion of the upgrade is due in late 2017.”

This is a $573,000 Roads to Recovery project, with additional contributions from East Gippsland Water of $43,000, and at least $127,000 from Council.

For more information visit  investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/r2r/