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

Works to start on next section of Great Alpine Road upgrade

Media Release

BJ006/2017

24 January 2018

Joint release with:

Darren Chester

Federal Member for Gippsland

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Harriet Shing

Victorian Member for Eastern Victoria

Further improvement works on the $10 million Great Alpine Road upgrade are set to start between Cobungra and Bruthen in south east Victoria, improving road safety, access and route reliability for motorists.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the upgrade works would help support the economic prosperity of the region.

“The Great Alpine Road is a key freight route for the area's timber, agriculture and tourism industries, making these works an important part of supporting the region's economy as well as local jobs,” Mr Joyce said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the upgrade would improve safety for drivers.

“We want to give tourists and residents a safer and more reliable road when they travel through the region,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Australian Government had worked closely with the Victorian Government over the previous year to make travel on all Victorian roads safer.

“We know regional Australia is disproportionately impacted by road accidents, and an investment like this will change lives and save lives in the Gippsland community,” Mr Chester said.

“Upgrades, including shoulder construction and sealing, are now complete at Tambo Crossing as well as between Omeo and Tongio, and I am looking forward to seeing the completion of the overall upgrade in early 2021.”

Victorian Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said that when completed, the upgrade would provide a significant boost to the region.

“These works are part of a broader package of upgrades for the Great Alpine Road, with further improvements to be undertaken between Cobungra and Bruthen throughout 2018,” Ms Shing said.

The Australian and Victorian governments are jointly funding the $10 million project, which started construction in October 2017.

The project complements the $8 million upgrade of the Great Alpine Road between Cobungra and Wangaratta and is expected to commence in early 2018.