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

Delivering better roads for Indi

Media Release

JB102/2014

29 September 2014

Joint release with:

Sussan Ley MP

Assistant Minister for Education;
Federal Member for Farrer

The Australian Government is getting on with building world class infrastructure for Indi with a $1.8 million roads package approved today for three projects across the Indigo Shire.

The package of works involves the upgrade and seal of three gravel roads across the shire:

  • Carlyle Road between Corowa and Rutherglen;
  • Soldiers Road between Barnawartha and Chiltern-Howlong Road intersection; and
  • Sanatorium Road between Allans Flat and Yackandandah.

This funding delivers on our clear pre-election commitment to the electorate of Indi.

Works will include pavement strengthening, design improvements to upgrade long vehicle turning areas and intersection realignment where necessary.

These projects will help drive further investment throughout the Indigo Shire and grow the local economy which already generates $629 million per annum in gross regional product through beef, sheep, dairy, fruit and viticulture.

Sealing these roads is expected to reduce travel times and transport operating costs by 25 per cent meaning these key industries can grow their business and get more products to market more quickly for less.

Construction is fully funded by the Australian Government and is due to start this month with expected completion by the end of 2016.

Our investment will save the Indigo Shire Council $10,000 per annum in reduced operating and maintenance costs meaning they can re-invest those resources into other priority projects.

This roads package is another example of the Australian Government's commitment to improving the productivity and safety performance of our regional transport networks to ensure we keep motorists safe while increasing economic opportunity for local residents.

The Australian Government is strengthening the economy and creating thousands of new jobs by investing a record $7.6 billion in world class infrastructure across Victoria.