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

Work on safer, quicker inter-highway link north-west of Brisbane completed

Media Release

BJ009/2018

31 January 2018

Joint release with:

Graeme Lehmann

Mayor of Somerset

With strengthening and widening works now completed on Gregors Creek Road north east of Yimbun, Queensland, motorists and heavy freight vehicle operators can take advantage of a safer, quicker link between the Brisbane Valley Highway and the D'Aguilar Highway.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the works, funded under Round 5 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP), were an investment in road safety and the local economy.

“Traffic on Gregors Creek Road has been steadily increasing, and with these major improvements motorists and freight traffic can cut their journey through the area by 6.5 kilometres compared to taking the Brisbane Valley Highway and D'Aguilar Highway,” Mr Joyce said.

“Kilcoy Pastoral Company has increased the capacity of its huge plant at Kilcoy by 50 per cent, which will inevitably lead to more traffic as well as more jobs in the local area.

“Completing this project is another example of how the HVSPP is improving safety for all drivers, as well as efficiency and productivity for freight operators.”

Mayor of Somerset Graeme Lehmann said the $840,000 project widened and strengthened the western end of Gregors Creek Road at Gregors Creek.

“The Brisbane Valley Highway near the intersection with Gregors Creek Road carries 2,465 vehicles every day and the D'Aguilar Highway near the other end of Gregors Creek Road carries 3,600 vehicles every day,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Increasingly vehicles are going to choose Gregors Creek Road as the shortest route between these two points.”

Works on the project started in February 2017. The $840,000 project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Somerset Regional Council.

For more information about the HVSPP visit: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx.