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

Funding flows for Shepparton Bypass Stage One

Media Release

MM107/2019

01 April 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Damian Drum MP

Federal Member for Murray
The Nationals' Chief Whip

The Liberals and Nationals have committed $208 million to deliver Stage 1 of the Goulburn Valley Highway bypass of Shepparton in a vital boost to road safety in the Goulburn Valley.

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader Michael McCormack said the bypass will see the removal of freight and through traffic from Shepparton’s central business district and help get product to market sooner.

“No matter where you live, the Liberals and Nationals are investing to make sure you can get home sooner and safer, boosting productivity and creating jobs,” Mr McCormack said.

“Whether it’s making the Shepparton Bypass a reality or investing to help create jobs and opportunities in food processing in the Goulburn Valley, the Liberals and Nationals are passionate about creating vibrant regions with safer roads and local job opportunities.

“The bypass will also mean transport companies can get product to market sooner, improving the competitiveness of local businesses and helping to create even more jobs for locals.”

Stage 1 of the bypass involves a 10-kilometre single-lane road starting at the Midland Highway in Mooroopna.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the announcement has been a long time coming.

“I am thrilled with this announcement, as delivering on the Shepparton Bypass was my number one goal to during my first term in Parliament,” Mr Drum said.

“Safer roads are a top priority for many of the locals and small businesses I meet with regularly and I am excited to be part of the Government which is delivering the safer country roads our region needs and deserves.

“I am pleased my lobbying efforts have allowed such a significant project to progress.”

Peter Johnson, Chairman of the Goulburn Valley Highway Shepparton Bypass Action Group, was pleased to hear this positive news for the project, which has significant support across the community.

“To have a financial commitment of this magnitude to the project is magnificent, and the best news we could have hoped for,” Mr Johnson said.

Funding for the project will come from the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.

Construction timeframes will be determined in consultation with the Victorian Government.