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 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

Work to start on $16 million D'Aguilar Highway upgrade

Media Release


29 October 2013

Joint release with:

Wyatt Roy MP

Federal Member for Longman

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy today announced that safety upgrades on the D’Aguilar Highway would start next year.

“Today I am reaffirming the Australian Government's election commitment to fund a package of safety works on the D’Aguilar Highway,” Mr Briggs said during a tour of the key sites earmarked for improvement.

“The Government will provide $16 million in funding for targeted works to improve visibility, construct new turning lanes and guard rails, upgrade intersections and drainage and improve signage and line markings on dangerous sections of this highway.

“We will also be talking to the Queensland Government about a funding contribution to the project.”

Mr Roy said the work would make the highway safer and help prevent crashes.

“Too many unnecessary deaths and injuries have occurred on the D’Aguilar Highway,” he said.

“My long-standing resolve to reduce these tragedies has the full support of the new Coalition government.

“We are now ready to begin the job of delivering a safer D'Aguilar Highway.”

Further planning will be undertaken. However, the following works have been identified for potential inclusion in the project:

  • Upgrades to both the Gamgee Road and Canando Street intersections;
  • Improved visibility between Alzino Quarry and Turnbull Road by cutting back existing vegetation to increase sight lines;
  • Safety upgrades between King Street and Bracalba Quarry including installation of additional guardrails and clearing vegetation to improve sight lines;
  • Mylett Road to Wararba Creek upgrade including improvements to drainage works; and
  • King Street to Kilcoy visibility upgrades including vegetation clearing, improved signage and line markings.

The funding announced today is provided under the Infrastructure Investment Programme, with works anticipated to begin in 2014–15.