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

Old Dookie Road upgrade officially done and dusted

Media Release


20 November 2017

Joint release with:

Damian Drum

Federal Member for Murray

Kim O'Keeffe

Mayor of Greater Shepparton City Council

  • Upgrades to Old Dookie Road officially complete and open to traffic
  • Works involved 700 metres of pavement rehabilitation
  • Project to cater for future freight traffic growth and see less trucks in central Shepparton

Shepparton motorists now have a stronger transport network following the completion of works on the Old Dookie Road pavement, which form the first stage of the Shepparton Alternative Freight Route Enhancement Package.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project would improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and take heavy vehicles off local streets.

“Old Dookie Road is a key freight and logistics route for the industrial areas of Shepparton, so this upgrade will help attract new investment in local industries while improving road safety for heavy vehicles and motorists alike,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum, who officially marked the completion of the works earlier today, said he was pleased to see the Australian Government investing in the region.

“In addition to its $2.25 million investment in this enhancement package, the Australian Government has committed a further $10 million to roundabout upgrades on Old Dookie Road in partnership with the Victorian Government, which are expected to further improve safety and efficiency on the road,” Mr Drum said.

Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O'Keeffe said the completion of this first stage of the Enhancement Package involved rehabilitating around 700 metres of pavement between Mitchell Street and Doyles Road.

“Residents of Greater Shepparton and commercial businesses can take advantage of the new road connecting the east Shepparton industrial zone to the Shepparton Alternate Route, allowing for future growth in traffic volume and assist in reducing the number of heavy vehicles travelling through central Shepparton,” Cr O'Keeffe said.

Construction to remove the existing roundabout and signalise the intersection at New Dookie Road and Verney Road is expected to begin in mid-2018. The Australian Government committed $2.25 million to fund the project, in partnership with the Greater Shepparton City Council.