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

Funds Flow to Western Highway

Media Release

JB012/2014

07 March 2014

Joint release with:

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads

Dan Tehan

Member for Wannon

Today the Australian Government has approved a further $154 million for the Western Highway duplication from Ballarat to Stawell.

The additional funding brings the Australian Government contribution to $404 million, with the Victorian Government providing $101 million to the $505 million project. 

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the additional funding will be used to duplicate a further 15.5 kilometres of the Western Highway between Beaufort and Buangor and build a bypass of Buangor.

“By reducing transit times and improving safety, we are boosting productivity and delivering on our promise to duplicate the Western Highway from Ballarat to Buangor,” Mr Briggs said.

“The Australian Government recognises that reliable and effective transport infrastructure throughout Victoria is essential to the prosperity of both the state and national economies.”

“This is another example of the Infrastructure Prime Minister's commitment to building a stronger and more prosperous Australia through well targeted infrastructure investment.”

“The new funding will ensure the duplication of Section 2a can commence later this year.”

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the works would provide a four lane dual carriageway and a bypass north of Buangor.

“This important upgrade will improve road alignment standards and eliminate the need for vehicles to queue behind slow or turning vehicles,” Mr Tehan said.

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said that work continues to progress well on sections already under construction.

“Later this month, motorists will be moved onto a newly constructed 14 kilometre section between Burrumbeet and Trawalla,” Mr Mulder said.

“This is the longest section to be opened since construction began in 2010, so it is a significant milestone for us.”

The duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat to Buangor is expected to be completed in late 2015.