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

New roundabout provides safer passage through Griffith

Media Release

SL003/2019

15 February 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina

Cr John Dal Broi

Mayor Griffith City Council

The construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Thorne Road and Kidman Way is now complete, offering better access for heavy vehicles and a safer route for all motorists driving through Griffith.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals' Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the roundabout was part of the $21 million Griffith Southern Industrial Link and forms Stage 2b of the project.

“The Liberals and Nationals in Government are investing to get people home sooner and safer and boost productivity, no matter where they live,” Mr McCormack said.

“That's why we have delivered this new roundabout—a major component of the alternative heavy vehicle route around the Griffith CBD.

“The new roundabout provides safer access and reduces travel times for heavy vehicle operators, helping to improve productivity.

“This project as part of the staged construction of the Griffith Southern Industrial Link, which will provide a direct link to key inter-regional and interstate freight networks and better access for local commodity producers.”

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories and Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said in addition to the construction of the roundabout, Stage 2b involved widening and upgrading the existing pavement as well as relocating and installing services such as telecommunication, water, power, streetlights and drainage.

“This project is part of the Liberal and Nationals' Government's commitment to fund upgrades in more than 80 locations Australia-wide under Round 5 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program,” Ms Ley said.

“The Griffith Southern Industrial Link will deliver a vital regional freight link along the Kidman Way from Queensland through Griffith to the Sturt and Newell Highways, Burley Griffin and Irrigation Ways.

“The Liberals and Nationals in Government are dedicated to working with local governments to provide safer road and better freight networks across the country.”

Griffith City Council Mayor John Dal Broi said the roundabout was a key component of the Griffith Southern Industrial Link (GSIL) and a significant milestone in the city's transportation history.

“Construction will continue this year on upgrading Bromley Road and extending the GSIL to Lavender Bend,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“With the increased freight coming out of Griffith and surrounds, it is great to see infrastructure that will remove very large vehicles from our city centre.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the Griffith community for their patience throughout the construction program, particularly those residents and businesses who were impacted by the one way traffic closures during construction.”

The $1.6 million Thorne Road and Kidman Way intersection roundabout was jointly funded by the Australian Government through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and the Griffith City Council on a 50:50 basis.