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

Better cross-border heavy vehicle access thanks to completion of Penola upgrade

Media Release

MM085/2018

25 June 2018

Joint release with:

Stephan Knoll

SA Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government
State Member for Schubert

Tony Pasin MP

Federal Member for Barker

An upgrade of the full length of Tower Road and a 2.6-kilometre section of the Penola–Casterton Road, from the Tower Road junction to the South Australian/Victorian border is now complete.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the upgraded sections could now be reclassified as a Higher Mass Limit (HML) B-Double route to allow continuous freight access from Penola into Victoria and back.

“Around Australia—especially in regional Australia—the Liberal and Nationals' Government is focused on helping people get home sooner and safer,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Penola-Casterton Road is a key freight link for timber harvesting in the Green Triangle Region in the south eastern region of Australia and this upgrade will improve road safety and freight access to support harvesting and chipping of blue gum plantations.”

South Australian Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the project would also facilitate a more direct transport route for livestock, grain and fresh produce from the farm gate to storage and distribution facilities.

“In addition to its support for agriculture, a large increase in timber plantation activity has occurred over the past decade in this area to now make it the largest timber plantation area in Australia, constituting more than 17 per cent of the national forest plantation sector,” Mr Knoll said.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the works started in January 2018 and involved upgrading the Penola–Casterton Road and Tower Road intersection, along with shoulder sealing of the 2.6-kilometre section of Casterton Road between Tower Road and the border.

“The tourism, grain, dairy, meat, wine and other industries stand to benefit from this investment, which delivers on a priority identified under the Green Triangle Freight Action Plan previously developed in close consultation with local councils and industry,” Mr Pasin said.

The $1.33 million project is jointly funded under the Australian Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) and the South Australian Government on a 50:50 basis.

For more information on the HVSPP, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx.