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

Separation Creek Bridge to be Upgraded

Media Release

JB067/2014

09 July 2014

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson today announced up to $4 million for the Separation Creek Bridge upgrade and new pedestrian walkway as part of the $50 million Great Ocean Road Upgrade.

The announcement was made this morning with members of the Separation Creek community who strongly support this important project.

By building a walkway along Separation Creek, it will enable safe pedestrian access between Separation Creek and Wye River via Paddy's Path.

Mr Briggs said Separation Creek Bridge was one of a number of bridges along the Great Ocean Road which would be strengthened as part of the overall Great Ocean Road Upgrade.

Other works will address pavement deterioration as well as stabilisation of cliff and land slip sites.

“The region's economy relies heavily on tourist traffic with traffic volumes doubling during holiday periods,” Mr Briggs said.

“Closures on the Great Ocean Road due to land slips, rock falls, and drainage issues are holding back the local economy.

“By working with the Victorian Government, our combined $50 million five year package of works will deliver better roads for the region and will boost the economy.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the Australian Government had worked hard to ensure this project was ready to start as soon as possible.

“I am pleased that we are delivering on this important election commitment. The Great Ocean Road brings many tourists, and locals alike, to Corangamite—it's a key piece of infrastructure,” Ms Henderson said.

“Our upgrade will rejuvenate the Great Ocean Road to deliver a smoother and safer journey for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

The Australian Government's investment will cement this icon's viability as a tourist destination for years to come.

Early works on this project are expected to start soon, with major construction works in 2015.