Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/ Latest releases from the Ministers en Contract awarded for Bridge Inn Road Upgrade in Melbourne https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/fletcher/media-release/contract-awarded-bridge-inn-road-upgrade-melbourne <p>Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in Melbourne’s north can look forward to a safer and less congested trip, thanks to the planned Bridge Inn Road Upgrade.</p> <p>The contract to deliver the project has been awarded to Laing O’Rourke.</p> <p>The project forms part of a $2.27 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade – South Eastern Roads and Northern Roads package to upgrade suburban roads across the south eastern and northern parts of the Melbourne.</p> <p>The Australian and Victorian Governments are contributing $1.1 billion each for the package.</p> <p>Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Bridge Inn Road Upgrade will help reduce travel times and improve congestion across the northern suburbs.</p> <p>“Melbourne’s north is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and the Australian Government is committed to delivering these vital infrastructure projects to support this growth,” Minister Fletcher said.</p> <p>“This project is one of many critical infrastructure projects to receive funding from the Morrison Government as part of its record $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure investment pipeline, which is helping to drive Australia’s economic recovery.”</p> <p>“By alleviating congestion on roads like this one, we’re helping people to get home to their families sooner and safer, we’re helping freight move more quickly between our cities, and we’re generating jobs across the country.”</p> <p>Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the upgrade includes duplicating 3.5 kilometres of Bridge Inn Road from two lanes to four lanes from Plenty Road to Yan Yean Road, improving access to Mernda Railway Station and Mernda Town Centre.</p> <p>“Adding additional lanes in each direction will slash congestion and create safer journeys for the thousands of drivers who rely on Bridge Inn Road every day,” Minister Allan said.</p> <p>“We’re delivering the projects Victorians need – making it easier and more accessible for locals to get to where they need to go.”</p> <p>The upgrade also includes the installation of a new walking and cycling path along Bridge Inn Road, as well as the installation of safety barriers. Three new signalised intersection and a pedestrian crossing will also be installed, along with street lighting, road signage, drainage and landscaping.</p> <p>A new bridge will also be built over the Plenty River, with the existing bluestone Morang Bridge to be retained and upgraded.</p> <p>Victorian Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said locals will reap the rewards of the upgrade.</p> <p>“Our community understands how frustrating being stuck in traffic along Bridge Inn Road is – that’s why we’re widening Bridge Inn Road and adding these new road safety features to ease congestion,” Ms Green said.</p> <p>“Melbourne’s north deserves to have safer and better journeys as they travel throughout the area – and that’s exactly what we’re doing by delivering this vital upgrade.”<br /> Construction is scheduled to get underway next year and is expected to be completed in 2025.</p> Fletcher Contract awarded for Bridge Inn Road Upgrade in Melbourne Keeping Australians and our economy moving this summer https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/keeping-australians-and-our-economy-moving-summer <p>Australians can continue to access half-price airfares this summer under the Liberal and Nationals Government’s cheap flights initiative, boosting airlines and tourism operators while accelerating Australia’s economic recovery.</p> <p>With vaccination rates increasing and Australians regaining the freedoms they know and love, the Government is continuing to make it easier and cheaper for people to holiday in their own backyard.</p> <p>The Tourism Aviation Network Support initiative is being extended until 28 February 2022 for both sales and travel, to ensure travellers impacted by lockdowns or border closures can access these tickets and visit key tourism regions over summer.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said tourism-dependent regions hit hardest by the pandemic will benefit from more Australians holidaying at home this Christmas.</p> <p>“Australians have endured another tough year of lockdowns and restrictions on their lives,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“In line with the National Plan the Government expects states and territories to reduce barriers to travel as vaccination rates increase, paving the way for more Australians to travel domestically.</p> <p>“Half-price airfares give Australians even greater incentive to take to the skies and enjoy a well-earned break these holidays.</p> <p>“This will continue to boost our aviation and tourism sectors, protect the jobs and livelihoods these industries support and help restart our economy on the other side of the pandemic.”</p> <p>Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said that by taking a holiday this summer, Australians would be supporting local jobs and businesses in the tourism sector.</p> <p>“Because Australians are rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated, Australia is re-opening to travel and Australians are booking holidays again,” Mr Tehan said.</p> <p>“The best thing we can do for the tourism sector is get tourists back travelling, spending money and enjoying all the amazing holiday destinations Australia has to offer.”</p> <p>The Government’s Tourism Aviation Network Support program launched in March this year, giving Australians access to 800,000 half-price airfares to 15 key tourism regions.</p> <p>COVID-19 is continuing to have a significant impact on the aviation industry, with border closures and health safety measures limiting air travel for more than 18 months now. The Government has provided more than $5.3 billion in assistance to the aviation sector since the pandemic began.</p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Media contact:</strong></h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | <a href="mailto:Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au">Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p>Minister Tehan – James Bolt | 0417 934 852 | <a href="mailto:James.Bolt@dfat.gov.au">James.Bolt@dfat.gov.au</a></p> Joyce Keeping Australians and our economy moving this summer Tenders called for Torbanlea-Pialba Road flood immunity project https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/tenders-called-torbanlea-pialba-road-flood-immunity-project <p>Securing a vital link for Hervey Bay and surrounding communities to ensure Bruce Highway access during floods is one step closer.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said tenders were now being sought to build the $30 million, jointly funded flood immunity upgrade to Torbanlea-Pialba Road.</p> <p>“This is a really important milestone which puts this project on track for construction to start in the first half of next year,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“Three floodways along Torbanlea-Pialba Road, between Churchill Mine Road and Toogoom Road, will be upgraded, including a new, four-span, concrete bridge across Beelbi Creek.</p> <p>“The Australian Government is investing in a safer, smoother and more reliable Bruce Highway, with projects from Brisbane to Cairns. This will benefit Queensland locals, tourists and industry all along this key north-south route.”</p> <p>Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said intersection upgrades would also be undertaken to provide a safer, more resilient link for Hervey Bay and surrounding communities.</p> <p>“Queensland’s wild weather can cause flooding, which can have an impact on how locals travel,” Minister Bailey said.</p> <p>“This project is one the community has called for and I’m proud to be delivering through our record $27.5 billion road and transport plan.”</p> <p>Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said a number of roads are being upgraded in the Hervey Bay area as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal.</p> <p>“These upgrades will provide safety and productivity benefits to the region.” Ms Marino said.</p> <p>“The Deal is supporting local industry and the community, setting a clear path to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”</p> <p>Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said living in Queensland meant unpredictable weather at times and this upgrade would improve the flood resilience of Torbanlea-Pialba Road.</p> <p>“This road is the main thoroughfare for residents in Torbanlea and Howard to get them to Hervey Bay and the realignment of sections of this road will provide a flood-free link during one-in-100-year floods,” Mr Pitt said.</p> <p>“Not only is it used by local residents, it’s frequented by tourists and an important freight route for many businesses in the Wide Bay Burnett region.</p> <p>“We need to ensure that people can get where they need to, when they need to and this will also improve safety, create jobs and support our economic recovery.”</p> <p>Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister and Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the call for tenders was a huge step forward in preparing for this important upgrade.</p> <p>“Of our record investment, nearly $1.5 billion in infrastructure will be delivered in the Wide Bay and Burnett regions over the next four years,” Mr Saunders said.</p> <p>“This is a massive investment in our regional communities that will deliver real improvements to the lives of locals.</p> <p>“I look forward to providing my community with certainty around when this project will be delivered.</p> <p>“Once the construction contract has been awarded, we’ll have a better understanding of the timeframes for delivery.”</p> <p>The $30 million project is funded under the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative, with the Australian Government contributing $24 million to the upgrade and the Queensland Government allocating $6 million.</p> <p>For further information, contact Transport and Main Roads on 1300 728 390 or email <a href="mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au">bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au</a>.</p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Media contacts:</strong></h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | <a href="mailto:Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au">Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Assistant Minister Marino – Rob Terrill | 02 6277 4875 | <a href="mailto:Rob.Terrill@infrastructure.gov.au">Rob.Terrill@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Minister Bailey – Courtney Thompson | 0433 585 570 | <a href="mailto:courtney.thompson@ministerial.qld.gov.au">courtney.thompson@ministerial.qld.gov.au</a></p> <p>Mr Pitt – Elisabeth Carson | 0427 653 814 | <a href="mailto:Elisabeth.Carson@aph.gov.au">Elisabeth.Carson@aph.gov.au</a></p> Joyce Tenders called for Torbanlea-Pialba Road flood immunity project $1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade in Western Sydney complete https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/fletcher/media-release/16-billion-northern-road-upgrade-western-sydney-complete <p>The $1.6 billion Northern Road project in Western Sydney is now complete almost a year ahead of schedule, providing a continuous 36-kilometre dual carriageway from Narellan to Penrith.</p> <p>The completion of the final section of the upgrade between Glenmore Park and Littlefields Road marks a major milestone in what is one of the largest projects being delivered under the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan – a $4.4 billion, 10-year program of works delivering new and upgraded roads in Western Sydney.</p> <p>The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and New South Wales Government, with the Australian Government committing $1.2 billion.</p> <p>The four-year project created over 2,000 jobs, and required more than 200,000 cubic metres of concrete and 700,000 tonnes of asphalt.</p> <p>The works have included the rerouting of the road for the future Western Sydney International Airport and major intersection upgrades, such as new bridgework across the M4 and improved access to communities such as Glenmore Park.</p> <p>The upgrade used innovative ways to minimise environmental impacts, such as the use of crushed glass rather than sand in concrete, extensive use of recycled water (including captured stormwater) and the use of excess earth in landscaped screening mounds.</p> <p>Further information on the upgrading of The Northern Road and Western Sydney road upgrades is available at roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au</p> <h4><strong>Quotes attributable to the Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP:</strong></h4> <p>“The Morrison Government is working closely with the Perrottet Government to deliver transformational infrastructure projects across Western Sydney that boost economic growth, support local jobs and enhance the liveability of the region. </p> <p>“The Northern Road is an important north-south spine through Western Sydney, linking key infrastructure and communities throughout the Western Parkland City.</p> <p>“This major upgrade will not only provide improved connectivity to local communities, it will be a critical transport connection to the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport when it opens at the end of 2026.”</p> <h4><strong>Quotes attributable to Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Minister for Trade and Industry, and State Member for Penrith the Hon Stuart Ayres MP:</strong></h4> <p>“The Northern Road Upgrade is all about future proofing Western Sydney and reducing travel times to the new airport and Bradfield city centre.”</p> <h4><strong>Quotes attributable to</strong> <strong>Federal Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh MP:</strong></h4> <p>“We’re delivering important infrastructure upgrades across our community that will cut down the daily commute for thousands of local families.</p> <p>“The Northern Road upgrade will ease congestion and improve traffic flow, increase the efficiency of our public transport system, and enhance safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.</p> <p>“This project means more local people will spend less time in traffic, and more time building their business or being at home with their families – making our community an even better place for families to live and for businesses to thrive.”</p> Fletcher $1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade in Western Sydney complete Tenders called for Torbanlea-Pialba Road flood immunity project https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/marino/media-release/tenders-called-torbanlea-pialba-road-flood-immunity-project <p>Securing a vital link for Hervey Bay and surrounding communities to ensure Bruce Highway access during floods is one step closer.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said tenders were now being sought to build the $30 million, jointly funded flood immunity upgrade to Torbanlea-Pialba Road.</p> <p>“This is a really important milestone which puts this project on track for construction to start in the first half of next year,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“Three floodways along Torbanlea-Pialba Road, between Churchill Mine Road and Toogoom Road, will be upgraded, including a new, four-span, concrete bridge across Beelbi Creek.</p> <p>“The Australian Government is investing in a safer, smoother and more reliable Bruce Highway, with projects from Brisbane to Cairns. This will benefit Queensland locals, tourists and industry all along this key north-south route.”</p> <p>Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said intersection upgrades would also be undertaken to provide a safer, more resilient link for Hervey Bay and surrounding communities.</p> <p>“Queensland’s wild weather can cause flooding, which can have an impact on how locals travel,” Minister Bailey said.</p> <p>“This project is one the community has called for and I’m proud to be delivering through our record $27.5 billion road and transport plan.”</p> <p>Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said a number of roads are being upgraded in the Hervey Bay area as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal.</p> <p>“These upgrades will provide safety and productivity benefits to the region.” Ms Marino said.</p> <p>“The Deal is supporting local industry and the community, setting a clear path to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”</p> <p>Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said living in Queensland meant unpredictable weather at times and this upgrade would improve the flood resilience of Torbanlea-Pialba Road.</p> <p>“This road is the main thoroughfare for residents in Torbanlea and Howard to get them to Hervey Bay and the realignment of sections of this road will provide a flood-free link during one-in-100-year floods,” Mr Pitt said.</p> <p>“Not only is it used by local residents, it’s frequented by tourists and an important freight route for many businesses in the Wide Bay Burnett region.</p> <p>“We need to ensure that people can get where they need to, when they need to and this will also improve safety, create jobs and support our economic recovery.”</p> <p>Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister and Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the call for tenders was a huge step forward in preparing for this important upgrade.</p> <p>“Of our record investment, nearly $1.5 billion in infrastructure will be delivered in the Wide Bay and Burnett regions over the next four years,” Mr Saunders said.</p> <p>“This is a massive investment in our regional communities that will deliver real improvements to the lives of locals.</p> <p>“I look forward to providing my community with certainty around when this project will be delivered.</p> <p>“Once the construction contract has been awarded, we’ll have a better understanding of the timeframes for delivery.”</p> <p>The $30 million project is funded under the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative, with the Australian Government contributing $24 million to the upgrade and the Queensland Government allocating $6 million.</p> <p>For further information, contact Transport and Main Roads on 1300 728 390 or email <a href="mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au">bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au</a>.</p> <h2><strong>Media contacts:</strong></h2> <p>Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | <a href="mailto:Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au">Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p>Assistant Minister Marino – Rob Terrill | 02 6277 4875 | <a href="mailto:Rob.Terrill@infrastructure.gov.au">Rob.Terrill@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p>Minister Bailey – Courtney Thompson | 0433 585 570 | <a href="mailto:courtney.thompson@ministerial.qld.gov.au">courtney.thompson@ministerial.qld.gov.au</a></p> <p>Mr Pitt – Elisabeth Carson | 0427 653 814 | <a href="mailto:Elisabeth.Carson@aph.gov.au">Elisabeth.Carson@aph.gov.au</a></p> Marino Tenders called for Torbanlea-Pialba Road flood immunity project Have your say on Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Upgrade Stage 1 https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/have-your-say-jervis-bay-road-sussex-inlet-upgrade-stage-1 <p>Locals are invited to have their say on the first six-kilometre section of the Princes Highway upgrade between Jervis Bay Road and Sussex Inlet Road to help progress a safer, more reliable journey for all motorists.</p> <p>This section of the Princes Highway, between Jervis Bay Road and Hawken Road, is the highest priority for upgrade in the proposed Jervis Bay to Sussex Inlet Road program. The Australian Government is contributing $400 million towards this $500 million program, with the New South Wales Government committing $100 million.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said this forms broader $1.9 billion Princes Highway Upgrade program that is being funded by the Australian and NSW governments to improve this key corridor.</p> <p>“This joint investment towards improvements along the Princes Highway in New South Wales will unlock benefits for local communities, freight and tourism, delivering safer, more reliable and efficient trips,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said community feedback would help shape plans for the upgrade to ensure shovels hit the ground as soon as possible.</p> <p>“We know that the upgrade of the whole 20-kilometre section of the Princes Highway between Jervis Bay Road and Sussex Inlet Road is a priority for the community, but we are taking it section by section,” Mr Toole said.</p> <p>“We’ve confirmed that Stage 1 will follow the strategic corridor we displayed late last year so now we’re pushing ahead with consultation and environmental studies to minimise impacts and finalise the location and features of this priority section.”</p> <p>Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said involving the local community in the process made sense.</p> <p>“Undertaking a consultation process on the Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road program is important, because it helps us deliver a better quality of road, and just as importantly – it demonstrates that we respect the views of people in the local community,” Senator Davey said.</p> <p>State Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said the NSW Government is taking the time to listen to locals to ensure they get the upgrades that meet their needs now and into the future.</p> <p>“The proposed upgrade will address safety concerns, improve traffic and freight efficiency and build on the planned Jervis Bay Road and Princes Highway intersection upgrade project to the north,” Mrs Hancock said.</p> <p>“There are key areas where the community is encouraged to share their views, such as public and active transport options and how the highway upgrade can support the social and economic activity of the surrounding area.”</p> <p>Feedback will be considered as part of the concept design and environmental assessment for the highway upgrade between Jervis Bay Road and Hawken Road.</p> <p>Community feedback is invited until Sunday, 19 December 2021.</p> <p>A feedback survey is available online at <a href="http://nswroads.work/jbr2hr">http://nswroads.work/jbr2hr</a>.</p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Media contact:</strong></h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | <a href="mailto:Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au">Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Deputy Premier – Ella Smith | 0428 745 348 | <a href="mailto:Ella.Smith@deputypremier.nsw.gov.au">Ella.Smith@deputypremier.nsw.gov.au</a></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Mrs Hancock – Electorate Office | 02 4421 0222</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Senator Davey – Electorate Office | 02 9159 9310</p> Joyce Have your say on Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Upgrade Stage 1 Torrens to Darlington reference designs released in Adelaide https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/fletcher/media-release/torrens-darlington-reference-designs-released-adelaide <p>The congestion-busting $9.9 billion Torrens to Darlington (T2D) Project has reached a significant milestone with the release of the project’s Reference Design for community feedback.</p> <p>Today’s release shows for the first time the design of the project in its entirety and how motorists will travel between the River Torrens and Anzac Highway, including:</p> <ul> <li>More than two kilometres of twin three-lane tunnels;</li> <li>The avoidance of impact on heritage sites in Adelaide’s inner-west;</li> <li>The extent of the Northern Tunnels, with entry and exit points at Hilton and Torrensville; and</li> <li>East-west connectivity maintained and enhanced at James Congdon Drive, Richmond Road, and Everard and Barwell avenues.</li> </ul> <p>The Reference Design covers the full length of the 10.5-kilometre non-stop motorway between the River Torrens and Darlington, which includes nearly seven kilometres of tunnels that will take tens of thousands of vehicles off South Road every day.</p> <p>The T2D Project is the largest road infrastructure project in South Australia’s history and when complete in 2030, it will provide a 78-kilometre non-stop, traffic light-free North-South Corridor between Gawler and Old Noarlunga.</p> <p>The Reference Design is available on the T2D website: <a href="https://dit.sa.gov.au/nsc/torrens_to_darlington/">https://dit.sa.gov.au/nsc/torrens_to_darlington/</a></p> <p>The design will also be showcased from 29 November until 12 December at more than 20 displays and information kiosks at shopping centres, council libraries and community centres across the metropolitan area as part of the next round of engagement.</p> <p>South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall said this once-in-a-generation project will underpin the state’s construction industry for the next decade.</p> <p>“This project is not only a generational game changer for South Australian motorists it’s also a huge boost for our local jobs market,” Premier Marshall said.</p> <p>“The benefits of our solution will be felt for generations with this project estimated to create more than 4,900 jobs during peak construction, reduce travel time between River Torrens to Darlington to just nine minutes and connect the north and south of our state with an approximately 78 kilometre non-stop motorway.”</p> <p>Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the T2D Project was the most significant road project in South Australia’s history.</p> <p>“The T2D is the final piece of the North-South corridor, which is one of the most significant projects in the state’s history and will ease congestion, allow freight to move around Adelaide more efficiently, and help commuters get home to their families sooner and safer,” Minister Fletcher said.</p> <p>“The project will also inject more than $4.8 billion into the South Australian economy and support more than 4,900 jobs during peak construction, providing a clear pipeline of works for South Australian industry.</p> <p>“The Morrison Government is supporting this transformational infrastructure project with a $2.711 billion investment in Stage 1 of the T2D, as part of our record $110 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, which is helping to drive the nation’s economic recovery.”</p> <p>South Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said this transformative motorway is the largest and most technically challenging road infrastructure project SA has ever seen.</p> <p>“From today, the community can see how it will operate as a whole and the incredible benefits it will deliver through improved travel times, local connectivity and urban amenity,” Minister Wingard said.</p> <p>“The design includes two sets of three-lane tunnels making up more than approximately 60 per cent of the motorway and it retains significant sites such as the Thebarton Theatre, Queen of Angels Church and Hindmarsh Cemetery.</p> <p>“The positioning of the northern portal of the Northern Tunnels means Thebarton Oval, the historic World War II air-raid shelter at Ashley Street, and the 1912 Hallett kiln and chimney next to the Brickworks Marketplace will also be retained.</p> <p>“This is a terrific outcome and it again demonstrates that progress and preservation can co-exist in the design and delivery of nationally significant infrastructure.”</p> <p>Currently, 16 per cent of all trips across Greater Adelaide rely on a section of the T2D Project or its adjacent parallel alternatives and 96 per cent of people live within 30 minutes of the North-South Corridor, highlighting how important it is to complete the missing piece.</p> <p>“Anyone who’s travelled along this section of South Road knows it’s desperately needed upgrading for years and we’re getting on with the job of doing just that,” Minister Wingard said.</p> <p>“Travel time variability on South Road is up to six times higher than the Adelaide average and five times worse than Sydney and Melbourne averages during peak.</p> <p>“Once complete, the T2D Project will solve that by allowing motorists to travel safely and non-stop between the completed Darlington and Torrens Road to River Torrens projects.”</p> <p>The T2D Project has already awarded contracts worth more than $100 million, supporting 286 jobs. Construction of Stage 1 of the T2D Project (south of Anzac Highway) is expected to start in 2023 and take about five years to complete, while work on Stage 2 (north of Anzac Highway) is scheduled to begin in 2026, subject to planning, approvals and funding, with completion scheduled for 2030.</p> <p>Stage 1 funding of $5.422 billion is currently jointly committed by the Australian and South Australian Governments.</p> <p>The total number of full property acquisitions identified through the Reference Design is 393 – in line with the original estimate of approximately 390 properties announced by the T2D Project one year ago.</p> <p>The Marshall Liberal Government’s November 2020 selection of the hybrid+ design for the T2D has resulted in up to 480 fewer properties being required for acquisition than would have been the case had other options been chosen.</p> Fletcher Torrens to Darlington reference designs released in Adelaide Tender awarded for Mount Crosby Road interchange upgrade https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/tender-awarded-mount-crosby-road-interchange-upgrade <p>A tender to progress business case planning for additional options to upgrade the Warrego Highway-Mount Crosby Road interchange has been awarded to GHD Group Pty Ltd.</p> <p>The tender award comes after community feedback last year reinforced the critical need for capacity and safety upgrades to provide for the local transport system well into the future.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the $5 million Mount Crosby Road interchange business case was a priority.</p> <p>“The Australian and Queensland governments have committed to jointly fund this business case on an 80:20 basis to address safety and congestion concerns at the interchange,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“We listened to what people had to say about their experiences and concerns, and are now looking at alternative options to deliver a Warrego Highway-Mount Crosby Road upgrade that meets community needs.”</p> <p>Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said further planning would consider current safety risks and predicted future traffic demands.</p> <p>“We know Queensland is the place to be and our roads need to be ready to deal with greater levels of traffic,” Mr Bailey said.</p> <p>“There has been substantial growth in Ipswich and surrounding areas, which will be taken into account during this planning process.</p> <p>"The revised planning options will consider an alternative crossing over the Warrego Highway and ensure the long-term sustainability of any upgrade.”</p> <p>Pending the business case outcomes, the Queensland Government will work with the Australian Government to fund the design and build the interchange upgrade.</p> <p>Local LNP Senator Paul Scarr welcomed the announcement, noting options to improve the existing temporary safety infrastructure would also be investigated.</p> <p>“The existing closed-circuit television and radar-monitoring equipment near the interchange identify congestion and link to a variable message sign located to the east,” Senator Scarr said.</p> <p>“This warns motorists of queuing ahead and provides more warning to slow down and drive to the conditions ahead.”</p> <p>“Additional safety measures may also include temporary variable speed limit signs and supporting infrastructure.</p> <p>“The variable speed limit signs would display a reduced speed on the Warrego Highway when a queue spills back from the off-ramps at the Mount Crosby Road interchange, supporting drivers travelling from both the east and west approaches.”</p> <p>State Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said existing protected road corridors would also be factored in, including the Moggill Pocket Arterial corridor.</p> <p>“To maximise the value of this planning process, we’ll be identifying all options to set the region up for success.</p> <p>“Locals will be kept up to date with the outcomes of this planning process and any future construction.”</p> <p>For more information about the Warrego Highway-Mount Crosby Road interchange upgrade project or to view the consultation summary report, visit the project webpage at <a href="http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au">www.tmr.qld.gov.au</a> and search ‘Mt Crosby Road upgrade’.</p> <h2><strong>Media contacts:</strong></h2> <p><strong>Deputy Prime Minister</strong> – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | <a href="mailto:Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au">Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Minister Bailey </strong>– Joe Ogilvie | 0423 184 412 | <a href="mailto:Joseph.Ogilvie@ministerial.qld.gov.au">Joseph.Ogilvie@ministerial.qld.gov.au</a></p> <p>Courtney Thompson | 0433 585 570 | <a href="mailto:courtney.thompson@ministerial.qld.gov.au">courtney.thompson@ministerial.qld.gov.au</a></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Senator Scarr</strong> – Bruce Mills | 0408 713 610</p> Joyce Tender awarded for Mount Crosby Road interchange upgrade Pause to further easing of border restrictions https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/pause-further-easing-border-restrictions <p>On the basis of medical advice provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Paul Kelly, the National Security Committee has taken the necessary and temporary decision to pause the next step to safely reopen Australia to international skilled and student cohorts, as well as humanitarian, working holiday maker and provisional family visa holders from 1 December until 15 December.</p> <p>The reopening to travellers from Japan and the Republic of Korea will also be paused until 15 December.</p> <p>The temporary pause will ensure Australia can gather the information we need to better understand the Omicron variant, including the efficacy of the vaccine, the range of illness, including if it may generate more mild symptoms, and the level of transmission.</p> <p>Australia’s border is already closed to travellers except fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family, as well as fully vaccinated green lane travellers from New Zealand and Singapore and limited exemptions.</p> <p>All arrivals to Australia also require a negative PCR test and to complete Australian traveller declaration forms detailing their vaccination status and confirming requirements to comply with state and territory public health requirements.</p> <p>On Saturday, the Australian Government announced the following measures:</p> <ol> <li>Effective immediately, anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or their immediate family including parents of citizens, and who have been in African countries where the Omicron variant has been detected and spread – within the past 14 days – will not be able to enter Australia. The countries are: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi and Mozambique.</li> <li>Australian citizens and permanent residents, immediate family members including parents arriving from these countries will need to go into immediate supervised quarantine for 14 days subject to jurisdictional arrangements.</li> <li>Anyone who has already arrived in Australia and who has been in any of the eight countries within the past 14 days must immediately isolate themselves and get tested for COVID-19 and follow jurisdictional quarantine requirements which will include quarantine for 14 days from the time of departure from southern Africa.</li> <li>These restrictions also apply to people, for instance international students and skilled migrants, arriving from the safe travel zones we have established with New Zealand and Singapore who have been in any of the eight countries within the past 14 days.</li> </ol> <p>There are no flights planned from these countries.</p> <p>These measures will also be continued until 15 December.</p> <p>Upon further advice from Professor Kelly, Seychelles has been removed from the list of countries of concern.</p> <p>Australian Border Force retains discretion to allow people in who are already in transit to enter, but these people will be subject to state based isolation requirements.</p> <p>Under state public health requirements, New South Wales and Victoria have already initiated testing and 72 hours of isolation requirements for Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members entering the country. In other states, 14 days of managed quarantine is required, and traveller cap arrangements are in place.</p> <p>The Australian Government’s quarantine facility at Howard Springs in Darwin is available to support returning Australians each fortnight as required.</p> <p>The Prime Minister has called a meeting of National Cabinet tomorrow to further discuss the Omicron variant and Australia’s response.</p> <p>Australians can be assured that we are in a strong position to deal with COVID and its emerging challenges.</p> <p>We have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 92.3 per cent having had a first dose and 86.8 per cent of our eligible population now double vaccinated, and we have one of the only whole of population booster programs being delivered, with around 415,000 Australians having received their booster.</p> <p>Australia has a proven record of dealing with COVID, we have one of the lowest fatality rates, highest vaccination rates and strongest economies in the world.</p> <p>We will continue to take sensible and responsive evidence based action, led by medical experts. This will ensure we can open safely, and stay safely open as we learn to live with the virus.</p> <h2><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></h2> <p>Prime Minister’s office: Press Office, (02) 6277 7744</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister’s office: Sarah Holder, 0460 306 892</p> <p>Minister Payne’s office: David Wroe, 0429 531 143</p> <p>Minister Hunt’s office: James Perrin, 0447 534 427</p> <p>Minister Andrews’ office: Lachlan McNaughton, 0457 494 414</p> Joyce Pause to further easing of border restrictions Natalie Barr, Seven, Sunrise https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/interview/natalie-barr-seven-sunrise <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> New South Wales Health authorities have confirmed two cases of the new Omicron COVID variant. It was detected in passengers who flew in from southern Africa hours before border rules changed. The discovery of the strain has triggered concern around the world as countries begin suspending travel from that area. For more, we’re joined by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon. Good morning to you, gents.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> Morning, Nat. Good morning, Joel.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Barnaby, two confirmed cases of this Omicron, as we’re calling it. Should Australia follow Israel? They’ve shut out everybody – all international visitors – for two weeks.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> We’ll see what they say, but I think there’s three big issues here, Nat. You’ve got to accept – whether society socially accepts it – whether you can economically pay for it and whether the pathology of it you can live with it. I mean, this is a variant, there’ll be other variants after that. I hear Moderna is already out there trying to use mRNA to develop a new vaccine for it. I think as we go forward we’ll be prudent, we’ll be making sure we make the right precautionary checks, but variants will keep going through Omega and all the way through. This is the world as we go forward.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Yeah, Joel you’ve got two schools of thought here, I guess. Some people saying are we acting quickly enough, are we shutting down quickly enough, but businesses are going, “Hang on a second. We are on our knees here in a lot of areas. We can’t just have a knee-jerk reaction.” What do you think?</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>JOEL FITZGIBBON:</strong> Yeah, that’s right, Nat, the business community has called on the government, or governments plural, to hold their nerve, and I think that’s absolutely the right call. I mean, these are early days. None of us know enough about this new variant yet to be very determined on our decision-making. But, look, you know, we are approaching if not at herd immunity now, and I think it’s time that – I mean, we just can’t afford anymore lockdowns. It may be necessary to have some restrictions on international entry, but our economy cannot take any more lockdowns. We need to learn to live with coronavirus.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> I guess this other issue, it came out of Africa where less than 10 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. In neighbouring PNG, it’s as low as two per cent. Barnaby, what can Australia be doing about that?</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> We are doing it. We are sending vaccines over there. We’re trying to also work with their health authorities. It’s not as if we’re blind to it. PNG, as you would expect, is very difficult turf, and you also have other issues such as in Africa – comorbidities. I was reading the papers like the rest of us on issues such as AIDS also being prolific there. So there’s real problems for these countries. We’ve got to do our part. We’ve got to be safe in our country as best we can. We’ll never be perfectly safe, we just do as best we can, and also assist especially our near neighbours. That’s what we’re doing. It’s not just Papua New Guinea, we’re also making sure we assist Indonesia and Timor Leste and the Pacific Islands around us. We want to make sure we can do our bit. We can only do our bit if we’re economically strong. That’s why we’ve got to look after the books and stay economically strong because you can’t show compassion if you haven’t got the cash.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Joel, also hotel quarantine, you know, it’s already here, it’s already in a lot of other countries. Do we re-implement hotel quarantine in the big states, in New South Wales and Victoria, to try and stem this?</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> Well, again, there’s a lot we don’t yet know about this new variant. I see the Chief Health Officer is standing up at a media conference this morning, and people will be watching that with great interest. But I’d like to think hotel quarantining is behind us. It played an important role at the time. It wasn’t without its problems. And, again, as we approach herd immunity, if we’re not already there I think we need to take a more open approach to living with the virus and allowing our economy to continue to recover.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Okay. Let’s talk about this world-first legislation, Barnaby.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> Yes.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> To crack down on social media companies, crack down on these trolls that, you know, so many people, including yourself, have been the victim of. How concerned are you that Facebook might pull the plug to Australia again over this in response?</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> Not just me. There are so many parents out there who’ve had the experience of, especially daughters who get trapped by troll who just torment them and persecute them. We’ve got to do our bit in this nation, and we are. I’m so proud of the work that is happening within the Coalition. We’ll see where the others go. I believe the Labor Party will probably support it. But the Greens are already showing problems on it. How ridiculous. We are making a stand and other nations will make a stand. If Mr Zuckerberg wants to just pull the plug, bye. Good luck, mate. See you later. I don’t care. There’ll be an Australian who’s a very good software programmer who’ll write the code for an alternative platform and then they can become a billionaire and maybe they can live in Australia and pay their proper amount of tax. Whatever you want to do, Mr Zuckerberg, do it. The world is going to change. We’re going to live in democracies, not Zuckerbergacies, and we’re going to have the proper rule of law. They’re shutting down the fourth estate. They’re trying to put you out of business. Their advertising revenue is stripping out of you, and they’re not the investigatory fourth estate. In many instances, they’re just a parasite that lives off the back of these wild, dirty innuendos, never backed up with fact. What’s the purpose of them anyhow? Why do they destroy people? They do destroy people’s lives. We spend billions of dollars on mental health and then social media in some instances comes out and completely flaunts it.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Yeah.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> Let’s do something about it.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Exactly. And they keep saying they can’t shut down the trolls.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> What a load of rubbish.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Well, exactly.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> If they can write the code to make themselves billions dollars, they’ve got the competency to write the code to say look for some words like people persecuting people, calling them profane words and say, “Let’s pull that aside, let’s see what’s going on there”. They can do it. They choose not to.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Joel, are you going to support these laws?</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>JOEL FITZGIBBON:</strong> Well, we haven’t seen the detail yet, Nat, but I’m very hopeful that the government has a proposal that can work. We have to stop the weaponisation of these social media platforms, the bullying, the vilification, the defamatory commentary has to end. The platforms, the owners, have to take responsibility. They are publishers in the same way as our newspaper and our television stations are publishers, and they have to take responsibility. If they’re not prepared to do it on their own bat, then governments will have to move, and, of course, that will have my support and I think the support of the Labor Party.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Yeah.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> Yeah, spot on, Joel. Let’s boot this one out of the park. Let’s do it.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Exactly. And also the individual Australians who are bullying online. They have to take responsibility, too.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE: </strong>Yeah, well this is where we’ll find them.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>JOEL FITZGIBBON:</strong> Absolutely.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> All these people calling themselves Dr Rooster 123, we’re actually going to find out who you are. You’re not Dr Rooster 123, you know, you’re Bill Smith.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Exactly.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> And Bill Smith, you’re going to be in a world of trouble because that’s what we want. Let’s deal with it.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> We’re coming for you.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>JOEL FITZGIBBON:</strong> Yep, yep, let’s flush them out.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>NATALIE BARR:</strong> Thanks very much. See you next week.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>JOEL FITZGIBBON:</strong> Thanks, team.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> You’re welcome.</p> Joyce Natalie Barr, Seven, Sunrise Upgrade works start on Princes Highway at Mt Drummer https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/upgrade-works-start-princes-highway-mt-drummer <p>Upgrade works will soon start on a section of the Princes Highway in East Gippsland at Mount Drummer, which will boost safety, reliability, and efficiency for all road users.</p> <p>The $3.6 million project will involve widening the road at tight corners, drainage works and constructing slow vehicle pullover lanes.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the works are funded through a $50 million Australian and Victorian government investment.</p> <p>“The Princes Highway is a critical freight and tourism corridor for East Gippsland, which is why this work must be undertaken,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“The upgrades will provide a safer and more reliable journey for the communities and industries that rely on this important rural route.”</p> <p>Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said the project would improve safety on a winding 3.5-kilometre section of the highway.</p> <p>“The Princes Highway is one of the state's most popular tourist and freight routes and carries a high volume of long-distance travellers, which heightens the risk of fatigue-related crashes,” Minister Carroll said.</p> <p>“These upgrades will reduce the likelihood of crashes by assisting road users in safely negotiating the curves while the slow-vehicle pullover lanes will provide a safe place for vehicles to pull over and allow for safe overtaking.”</p> <p>Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said regional roads are vital when it comes to transporting goods into and out of country Victoria.</p> <p>“These upgrades will not only enhance safety for everyone travelling on the Princes Highway through East Gippsland but also make it more freight-friendly,” Mr Chester said.</p> <p>State Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said the works would be delivered over the coming months.</p> <p>“As the weather warms up, our crews will be working to improve the highway to ensure safer journeys for all motorists and to drive down road trauma in East Gippsland,” Ms Garrett said.</p> <p>This project is part of the Australian and Victorian governments’ $50 million investment package to upgrade the Princes Highway between Sale and the New South Wales border.</p> <p>For more information, visit the <a href="https://regionalroads.vic.gov.au/map/eastern-improvements/princes-highway-east-upgrade---sale-to-nsw-border">Regional Roads Victoria website</a>.</p> <h2 class="MsoNormal"><strong>Media contact:</strong></h2> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Deputy Prime Minister</strong> – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Minister Carroll </strong>– Isobel Loschiavo | 0431 963 479</p> Joyce Upgrade works start on Princes Highway at Mt Drummer Transformation of Peel transport network continues with METRONET https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/fletcher/media-release/transformation-peel-transport-network-continues-metronet <p>The $32 million Mandurah Station multi-storey car park has officially opened, providing commuters from across the Peel region with access to almost 1,900 parking bays.</p> <p>The new car park has boosted the station's parking capacity by 782 bays, providing greater public transport access for the more than 3,200 commuters that access the station daily.</p> <p>The car park has been designed with features including SmartParker machines, a provision for future electric-car charging stations, and a range of security and safety measures like lighting, CCTV and duress alarms at the two lifts. </p> <p>Mandurah station now has the third largest car park on the rail network, behind Rockingham (1,950 spaces) and Aubin Grove (1,949 spaces).</p> <p>The car park includes a 'floating' metal fabrication artwork from South-West artist Ian Mutch in collaboration with Bindjareb Noongar artist Corey Ugle, which incorporates native species such as leaves from tuart trees, oblong turtles, Mulloway estuary fish and black cockatoos.</p> <p>Noongar language metal stencilling saying Kaya Wandjoo Mandjoogoordup (hello and welcome to Mandurah) and Boorda (goodbye) have also been incorporated in the paths connecting the car park with the station building. This is an acknowledgement to the Noongar placename, Mandjoogoordap, which means "the meeting place of the heart".</p> <p>Work is continuing on the nearby METRONET Lakelands Station, with the installation of the precast concrete station platform walls and bulk earthworks under way at the car park. Lakelands Station is set to open in 2023.</p> <p>The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments are also collaborating to deliver a new $110 million Mandurah Estuary Bridge, which will ease congestion for the 32,000 vehicles that use the current bridge daily. Construction is expected to start in early 2023.</p> <p>The Mandurah multi-storey car park was jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments and supported 260 local jobs. Funding from the Commonwealth was provided through the Urban Congestion Fund.</p> <p><strong>Comments attributable to Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP:</strong></p> <p>"The Morrison Government is getting on with delivering infrastructure projects that improve congestion and safety for commuters across Australia, making it easier for them to move around our capital cities and ensuring they get home quickly and safely.</p> <p>"Under the Urban Congestion Fund, we are delivering 182 packages of work nationwide. The total number of projects that are now completed or underway nationwide is 76. By the end of 2022, more than 80 per cent of all packages are expected to be completed or under construction.</p> <p>"This is just the latest example of us delivering on our commitment to progress critical infrastructure projects across the country under our record $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure investment pipeline, which is helping to drive Australia's economic recovery."</p> <p><strong>Comments attributable to WA Transport Minister, the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA:</strong></p> <p>"The Mandurah multi-storey car park, combined with our METRONET Lakelands Station, will make it easier for people living in the Peel region to catch the train.</p> <p>"This is the second METRONET project we have completed this year - the first being the METRONET Bellevue Railcar Facility.</p> <p>"We are working to implement our two zone fare cap, which when it comes into effect in January 2022 will save public transport commuters from Mandurah, Dawesville and Lakelands thousands of dollars each year.</p> <p>"We are also in planning to replace the Mandurah Estuary Bridge, with $110 million committed by our Government and the Commonwealth, which will help ease congestion for 32,000 commuters daily."</p> <p><strong>Comments attributable to Federal Member for Canning, the Hon Andrew Hastie MP:</strong></p> <p>"Before this project began, demand for parking at Mandurah Station regularly exceeded supply. More than 90 per cent of the car park was often full by 9am on weekdays.</p> <p>"From tomorrow, Mandurah Station will have the third largest car park on the network. This will provide thousands of commuters across Mandurah and the region with better, faster access.</p> <p>"The Morrison Government is investing millions of dollars into important infrastructure for our region, including the Lakelands Station and the Mandurah Estuary Bridge, in addition to this project. We're improving the local transport network to get commuters from the Peel region home sooner and safer."</p> <p><strong>Comments attributable to State Member for Mandurah, the Hon David Templeman MLA:</strong></p> <p>"Thousands of people from Mandurah and the surrounding areas use Mandurah Station every day to access the train.</p> <p>"This new car park will add an additional 700 car bays, making it easier and more accessible for people to use the station.</p> <p>"We are continuing to deliver on our major election commitments across the Peel region, with the new METRONET Lakelands Station under construction and planning underway on the new Mandurah Estuary Bridge."</p> <h2><strong>Media contact:</strong></h2> <p>Minister Fletcher: Erin Forster | 0448 207 414 | <a href="mailto:Erin.Forster@communications.gov.au">Erin.Forster@communications.gov.au</a></p> <p>Minister Saffioti: Caitlin Goddard | 0437 234 249 | <a href="mailto:Caitlin.Goddard@dpc.wa.gov.au">Caitlin.Goddard@dpc.wa.gov.au</a></p> Fletcher Transformation of Peel transport network continues with METRONET Interview with Rowan Dean, Sky News Regional, Outsiders https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/interview/interview-rowan-dean-sky-news-regional-outsiders <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Well, as I said, I’m in Canberra and I’m delighted to have some of my very, very favourite politicians here with me today. Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister. Great to see you, mate. How are you?</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: Thank you for inviting me onto your show and you’re dead right. I just went down to mass and then went for a cup of coffee. It’s cold and it is wet. Copeton Dam is overflowing. All the dams are overflowing and Mr Flannery, what do you say? It’s going to be dry and hot.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Even the water that boils will never fill our dams or our rivers.</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: It’ll evaporate before it hits the ground.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Now, Barnaby, it’s great to see you and we’ll chat about net zero and all those things in a moment. But some great news from the Government today that you’re going to be announcing. You and your family have suffered horrifically from trolls. These are these idiots, these anonymous idiots on Twitter and elsewhere who are so cruel. It’s part of the job so we accept it, but I’ve certainly copped my fair share of this sort of abuse that the Government is now doing something about. Tell us.</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: So they should. What it is you’ve seen that Mr Zuckerberg, Facebook, Instagram, their capacity to go into the lives of mums and dads, find their daughter, predominantly daughters, tell them “you’re too fat, you’re too fat, you’re a scrag”, blah, blah, blah, get inside their head, turn the head upside down, inside out. Next thing you know, eating disorders, all these sort of things coming into play. We spend billions on mental health and we allow these people to make billions of dollars of profits. And then they sit back and say, it’s not us. Oh, we went there, no. As I’ve said before, it might be the ambit. What you see online might be the ambit scratchings on the back of a lavatory door, but it’s no longer a lavatory door. They put a massive billboard in the middle of the city, shine bright lights on it, make billions of dollars of advertising revenue, put the authentic fourth estate, investigative the fourth state, out of a job. Then they say, “Oh, well, this is free speech”. You know? They can say that. If you said it, I said it, a paper said it – s<strong>traight off to court, s</strong>traight off to court. But they say “oh, well, you know, wasn’t me. Wasn’t there someone else? I don’t know”. And you say, “Well, mate, if they’re screaming profanities out of the window of your car as it drives randomly round the city, knocking over pedestrians, you can’t just say I wasn’t driving the car because it is your damn car”. That’s the reason they can do it.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>So what will the legislation –<strong> </strong>I know the Prime Minister is announcing it later, but briefly, what will the legislation do to stop trolls on the internet?</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: I think it’s really important that I let the Prime Minister announce the legislation he’s going to stand in front of. But look, if you said well what’s the magnus of it, the magnus is that your capacity to be anonymous is now going to be fervently challenged. We can ask of the provider, no, that’s not good enough, Mr. Rooster123 is not actually their name. Their name is actually Jim Smith at 55 Jones Street. If you don’t want to tell us that it’s Mr. Smith from 55 Jones Street, we’re not going to find Mr. Rooster123, we’re going to find you, Mark Zuckerberg, and get some money out of you.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>And you had a great line in The Daily Telegraph where you said we want to live in a democracy. I’ll let you do that –</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: If you have a choice between a democracy or a Zuckerbergcy, I know which one I prefer to live in. A democracy comes with certain rules of the Fourth Estate. Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, you are part of the Fourth Estate because you’re sending them broke.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Absolutely.</p> <p><strong>JAMES MORROW</strong>: Barnaby Joyce, good to have you with us this morning. I want to ask you, we’ve got this Omicron virus variant that’s going on around the world and already we’re having state premiers closing borders, even changes to the quarantine restrictions and self-isolation for international travellers. What are your thoughts about this? I’m wondering, do you think that government should just take a moment to get some data before they start going the knee jerk, lock down and lock out route?</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: Can I just start with a smart alec thing? And I don’t profess to be expert in this, but it’s a past interest. Wasn’t the last variant, wasn’t it Delta? Last variant. So this one, should it be Epsilon? Because <strong>isn’t it </strong>Epsilon<strong>, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omicron. </strong>So what happened to all the other ones? Where did they go? Maybe there’s been other variants and we’ve only just found out about this. There you go. Appear on Pub quiz test, but I thought it should be Epsilon. Anyhow, if it’s serious we’ve got to treat it seriously. It’s like any disease, we’ve got to get more information on this. I do not support mandatory vaccinations, right? If you’ve got a certain area where there’s obvious comorbidities like aged care, yep I can understand that. It’s like wearing thongs on a building site. But what’s happening to us is we’re getting lumbered with state laws and they’re coming back to the Federal Government. We don’t tell you that you can’t go to a restaurant. That’s the state. That’s Mrs Palaszczuk. That’s Mr Andrews. We don’t tell you that you can’t go to a cinema. We don’t tell you that you can’t go to a church. These are all state laws. We’ve got to let the state explain their position and the reasoning why. That is also part of democracy. Now we’ve got another variant out there. Five to nine, B, eleven, five to nine. Some so-called Omicron variant, which possibly should be the Epsilon variant. But look, let’s find out what the virologists have to say about it and then we can have a more fervent and open and cogent discussion.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Well, as we pointed out earlier on the show, they’re one between – there was a new variant as well, and there’s omicron one in between the Z, the XI.</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE:</strong> The Zeta.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>That’s the one. We’ll there you go –</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: Thank God for Greeks.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Daisy.</p> <p><strong>DAISEY COUSENS: </strong>Barnaby Joyce, I’ve noticed in general parlance and also we’ve seen this from the freedom protest over the weekend that there seem to be an increasing number of people out there who feel that state and federal governments are often just caving to media hysteria when they implement these very strict COVID laws. Certainly they don’t have confidence in the decisions. A good example is Greg Hunt’s rather impressive backflip over border restrictions because of the Omicron variant. Do you have anything to say to those people to perhaps reassure them that the decisions are made solely on the basis of health advice?</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: What I can say is that even with your border issue, we don’t close down state borders. States close down state borders and the higher lunacy you see in places such as the north of my electorate where we’ve had people where the house is in New South Wales, but their driveway goes into Queensland, they literally had to get a pass to go out to the front gate. And there are concrete bollards almost in the middle of paddocks. This is weird. I always wondered what it would be like to live in East Berlin before the wall came down. Every time you get to go to Queensland and you get to experience in a minor form. This is how the people were and it’s completely crazy. I think we’ve just got to get this sense of balance. We get that you’re dealing with a virus. Of course, you’re dealing with a virus, and you’ve got to be prudent. But this is complete debauching of our democratic capacity to operate as a nation, not as little fiefdoms and principalities has got to stop. The complete intrusion into people’s rights has got to be left behind. We have to clearly state we have given people a logical reason to get vaccinated, and we should premise the process on logic, not on compulsion. I’m vaccinated and I’m one of the vast, vast majority, but we did it. I did it. I imagine, like everybody else, because you thought, well I’ll balance up my alternatives and I’ll make a logical decision. I’ve made it. What they’re doing in places like Queensland, the deft hand of the state is coming in and saying the individual is merely an article of the state. The individual resides in the bowels below the omniscient state. Well no, the state is there to serve the individual. The individual should be above state, and with a slow transition-</p> <p><strong>DAISEY COUSENS</strong>: But Mr. Joyce, I really hate to interrupt you here. But wasn’t it, wasn’t it, Greg Hunt, though, who made the decision about the international border? That’s a federal decision, isn’t it?</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: That is a federal decision. That’s correct. I suppose when you look at it right now, what we are seeing with the so-called Omicron variant making its way into our nation, that yes, you do need a sense of oversight into what’s going on. But as we become more vaccinated, we want to get to the position where you basically leave the airport, walk out the street, go home. That’s what we’re driving.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>And would you like to see no vaccine passports?</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: I don’t like the idea of so-called vaccine passports. What I can say is that if you’re in an area where there’s a much higher risk where people have comorbidities and I think the rights of those people who you are looking after have to be taken into account. What we’ve got is this slippery slope where the states will say, “Oh, that is for everybody. This is for the people in the restaurant”. That should come down to the restaurant. If they want to enforce those laws as their private property, they can. But they shouldn’t be forced to enforce laws if they don’t – they say, “Well, now you’re coming into my decisions and my life again”.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Barnaby, the Prime Minister is about to make a statement, but I just wanted to ask you briefly the reason the net-zero deal. You made the argument very cogently that you’d rather be inside the tent as it were and protecting jobs going into net-zero world. How will you protect jobs and what’s to stop bankers or hedge fund managers further down the track, saying you know, we’re-</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: I was having this argument with them just the other day. I said, I tell you what fellas, talking to people of the Business Council of Australia just so you know, if you close down the coal industry and you close down the gas industry, which is our second and third biggest exports, then obviously the demand for that polymer note in your pocket, your $20 note, becomes less because the people overseas, they don’t actually want your insurance agents or your accountancy fees. They want your coal and your gas. But seeing you’re not going to sell that to them anymore, then the value of your currency will go down. The price of everything you import, from your fuel to your phone to your shirt, will go up. Inflation will come to play. Then the Reserve Bank will follow and say, “I must put up interest rates to deal with inflation”. Then the pensioners will come to us and say, “We need more money because we can’t pay for any our lifestyle anymore”. I’ll tell you what, Business Council Australia came up with this brilliant idea, we’re going to go straight back to you and say, “Where are we going to get the money from?” And when the Labor Party comes up with a super profit tax and you come running to us saying, “You must stop this”, we’ll say, “Um, you kind of caused it”.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Absolutely great. And very quickly. Green hydrogen or nuclear?</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: I’ve always been a supporter of nuclear. But the Australian people, I think, are going down that path. We’re getting closer and closer and closer. With an honest discussion about the risks and the returns, I think that in due course you’ll have a bipartisan. You see, the Labor Party are going to play us off a break, aren’t they? They’re going to go out with a nuclear power plant in every backyard and all that rubbish. I think the Labor Party are going to get left behind in this.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>But don’t you think the Australian people are smart enough? If you took nuclear power to the next election, they’d get behind you in the same way that John Howard did the GST.</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: Above my pay grade. I have to go back to the backbench for that one.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN</strong>: Quickly Green hydrogen, which Elon Musk great [indistinct], has said is mind bogglingly stupid. This is Andrew Forest, green hydrogen, mind bogglingly stupid, says Elon Musk.</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: I’m just going to make sure that we keep the lights on by keeping our coal-fired power plants going. I’m going to keep people in jobs because we’re going to keep our mining industry going. I’m going to try and keep our value of our dollar. That underpins everything, because everything you live with in your house – your phone, your car, your lights just go through the whole lot – it all comes in on a boat. We have to be putting something on a boat and sending it in the other direction. Right now, you are selling more coal at a higher price than you ever have before because people want to stay warm, even in Canberra.</p> <p><strong>ROWAN DEAN: </strong>Barnaby Joyce, thanks so much for coming on Outsiders. It’s great to see you mate.</p> <p><strong>BARNABY JOYCE</strong>: You’re welcome.</p> Joyce Interview with Rowan Dean, Sky News Regional, Outsiders $5.6 million for heavy vehicle safety grants https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/buchholz/media-release/56-million-heavy-vehicle-safety-grants <p>The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing a further $5.6 million in initiatives that will deliver safety improvements across Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, protect all road users and grow the economy.</p> <p>Applications are now open for Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), giving community and industry groups the chance to share in this record funding pool.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the heavy vehicle industry plays a key role in driving Australia’s economy forward.</p> <p>“Heavy vehicles move the goods and commodities Australians rely on to where they are needed – be that ports, supermarkets, or factories,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“When trucks stop, the nation stops. That’s why we continue to invest in road safety programs and initiatives that will ensure our trucks keep moving and the economy keeps growing.</p> <p>“The Government is committed to working with industry to ensure this vital sector remains safe and productive. This funding will support initiatives that increase safety awareness, education and compliance across the sector.”</p> <p>Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the Federal Government had so far allocated around $33.6 million through the HVSI.</p> <p>“It’s been great to see projects that tackle safety issues in sectors including agriculture, livestock and rural freight, and raise awareness about issues such as driver fatigue and mental health,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.</p> <p>“I’ve seen firsthand the safety solutions these projects deliver, such as the trial of a livestock Parallel Access Landing frame in Kilcoy, Queensland which prevents the risk of drivers climbing and falling from the vehicle crate or being struck when loading or unloading livestock.</p> <p>“It’s crucial we continue to prioritise these types of projects to ensure a productive and safe future for the industry.”</p> <p>National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Chief Executive Officer Sal Petroccitto said there were 74 applications submitted under the last round of the program, and he hoped to see even more quality projects put forward.</p> <p>“I urge community and industry groups with tangible, effective ideas that align with the theme Safer Drivers, Safer Vehicles, Safer Road Use to submit your application and make a difference,” Mr Petroccitto said.</p> <p>“I look forward to continuing to work with the industry to find solutions that make our roads safer.”</p> <p>Applications for Round 7 funding are open until 14 February 2022. Projects must be implemented during the 2022-23 financial year and be completed within two years of commencement.</p> <p>For more information or to view the submission guidelines visit <a href="https://c/Users/Claire.Rosenberg/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/WI3J9712/www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi">www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi</a></p> <h2><strong>Media contacts:</strong></h2> <p>Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | <a href="mailto:Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au">Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p>Assistant Minister Buchholz – Scott O’Connell | 0413 424 384 | <a href="mailto:Scott.O%E2%80%99Connell@aph.gov.au">Scott.O’Connell@aph.gov.au</a></p> <p>NHVR – Claire Rosenberg | 07 3309 8765 | <a href="mailto:Claire.Rosenberg@nhvr.gov.au">Claire.Rosenberg@nhvr.gov.au</a></p> Buchholz $5.6 million for heavy vehicle safety grants Supporting the return of Australian live music https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/fletcher/media-release/supporting-return-australian-live-music <p>Applications are now open for the fourth round of the Morrison Government’s $20 million Live Music Australia program, designed to bring more home-grown music to Australian stages.</p> <p>Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the Government is providing $2.5 million in funding under this round to support venues in their recovery from the pandemic.</p> <p>“As COVID-19 restrictions ease across the country, this targeted funding is vital for venues to rebuild their capacity so they are ready to welcome audiences back - to enjoy original live Australian music,” Minister Fletcher said.</p> <p>“I encourage pubs, clubs and venues around the country to apply for this round of funding – whether they are located in suburban, regional or remote areas – we’re committed to getting this nation’s music industry back on its feet.”</p> <p>Under the program, the Morrison Government has invested more than $8 million to support more 300 live music venues and the recovery and sustainability of the live music sector.</p> <p>For more information about Live Music Australia visit <a href="http://www.arts.gov.au/contemporary-music">arts.gov.au/contemporary-music</a> and to apply for Live Music Australia funding visit <a href="https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/live-music-australia">arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/live-music-australia</a>. Applications close at 11.59pm on 20 December, 2021.</p> Fletcher Supporting the return of Australian live music Getting Walcha drought-ready https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/getting-walcha-drought-ready <p>Walcha will soon benefit from increased water security thanks to an off-stream water storage project.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said this project is co-funded under the Australian Government’s National Water Grid Connections funding pathway, through the $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund.</p> <p>“Connections recognises that small-scale infrastructure projects individually may make localised improvements to water outcomes, while collectively they can make nationally significant contributions to the National Water Grid,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">“The Australian Government is providing $108 million to deliver 40 new projects through the National Water Grid Connections funding pathway, improving water security and reliability across the nation – including right here in regional New South Wales.”</p> <p>The Walcha Off-Stream Water Storage project is being co-funded through the NSW Government’s Regional Stimulus package and NSW Drought response fund.</p> <p>State Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the new off-stream storage will help to protect the community during future droughts.</p> <p class="Default">“The Walcha community has been faced with water restrictions for two out of the past five years, due to a lack of local water storage capacity and limits around the volume of water that reaches local river systems,” Mr Anderson said.</p> <p class="Default">“This investment will be spent on a new 300-megalitre dam, providing much-needed water reliability and security to the community and local agricultural businesses, particularly during periods of drought.</p> <p class="Default">“As this project moves from planning to construction and completion, the Walcha community can expect to see a boost in jobs and economic activity, and I look forward to seeing the community thrive on the back of this investment.”</p> <p class="Default">NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the new reservoir means increased water security for the Walcha region.</p> <p>“We are working together to create stronger and more resilient communities across our regions to ensure they are better protected from the devastation of drought events and have the infrastructure they need to grow and flourish,” Mrs Pavey said.</p> <p>“The planning work has been completed and this project is ready to go, which means the community will soon benefit from local jobs during construction, as well as ongoing employment opportunities once the dam is completed.</p> <p>“This will provide a great boost to the Walcha economy now and for many years to come.”</p> <p>Construction on the off-stream storage is expected to be complete by November 2022.</p> <p>The New South Wales Connections package is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($15.8 million) and the NSW Government alongside other partners ($24.3 million) and consists of five projects: Lake Wyangan Water Sustainability project, Walcha Off-Stream Water Storage, West Wyalong Water Reliability project, Broken Hill to Menindee Graziers Pipeline and Urbenville Water Supply project.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au">www.nationalwatergrid.gov.au</a>.</p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Media contacts:</strong></h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Deputy Prime Minister – Tim Klingner | 0436 807 792 | <a href="mailto:Tim.Klingner@aph.gov.au">Tim.Klingner@aph.gov.au</a></p> <p>Minister Pavey – Imogen Posa|0439 349 978 | <a href="mailto:Imogen.Posa@minister.nsw.gov.au">Imogen.Posa@minister.nsw.gov.au</a></p> <p>Minister Anderson – Luke Massey | 0417 184 087 | <a href="mailto:Luke.Massey@parliament.nsw.gov.au">Luke.Massey@parliament.nsw.gov.au</a></p> Joyce Getting Walcha drought-ready New ramp open for Deception Bay Road Interchange upgrade https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/new-ramp-open-deception-bay-road-interchange-upgrade <p class="x">The Bruce Highway Upgrade at the Deception Bay Road Interchange is taking shape with the new northbound exit ramp open to Deception Bay Road.</p> <p class="x">Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project is powering ahead since work began late last year.</p> <p>“It's great to see construction well underway to upgrade this busy Bruce Highway interchange at Burpengary. The opening of this ramp is a major step forward,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“The Australian Government is investing over $10 billion in a safer, smoother and more reliable Bruce Highway, which will benefit Queenslanders, tourists and freight all the way from Brisbane to Cairns.”</p> <p>Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the $163.3 million project was also a boost for active transport and jobs in the North Coast region.</p> <p>“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering improved roads and transport infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast through our record $27.5billion roads and transport plan,” Mr Bailey said.</p> <p>“Of this, nearly $3 billion will be delivered in the North Coast Region, estimated to support an average of 2640 direct jobs over the life of the program.</p> <p>“At Deception Bay Road, the upgrade includes new facilities for people walking and riding bikes which will make the interchange much safer for all.</p> <p>“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in active transport infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.</p> <p>“I look forward to seeing the project continue to progress towards another milestone.”</p> <p>Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said with the new exit ramp to Deception Bay Road open, temporary traffic arrangements are now in place for the northbound ramp to the Bruce Highway.</p> <p>“Motorists should follow traffic control and signs to access the northbound entry ramp and expect some initial congestion as people adjust to the new arrangement,” Mr Howarth said.</p> <p>“Work is also progressing well to build the first of two new bridges over the highway.”</p> <p>Member for Kurwongbah Shane King said construction of the first of two new bridges over the highway was progressing well.</p> <p>"Locals will notice construction well underway, which will allow us to transfer traffic from Old Gympie Road and Deception Bay Road over to the new bridge," he said.</p> <p>"Then we can get on with building the second new bridge.</p> <p>"We expect traffic to be running on the first of the two new bridges early next year, weather and construction conditions permitting."</p> <p>Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said once the first new bridge is built, Deception Bay Road traffic will be transferred onto it to allow demolition of the old bridge.</p> <p>“We will then build the second new bridge over the highway,” Mr Young said.</p> <p>“This work requires careful coordination to ensure it goes smoothly and safely with minimal interruptions to motorists. I appreciate everyone's patience while we deliver this important upgrade.”</p> <p>Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting thanked drivers for their patience while the important work was underway.</p> <p>“The upgrade will significantly reduce travel times through the area and see traffic flowing through the interchange better than before,” Mr Whiting said.</p> <p>“This project is another example of the Palaszczuk Government delivering big for our community.”</p> <p class="x">The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Deception Bay Road Interchange is funded on an 80/20 basis, with the Australian Government contributing $130.64 million and Queensland Government contributing $32.66 million.</p> <p class="x">Major construction started in November 2020 and is expected to be completed in early 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting.</p> <p class="x">For more information, visit <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https*3a*2f*2fwww.tmr.qld.gov.au*2fprojects*2fbruce-highway-deception-bay-road-interchange&amp;c=E,1,GNNQQzOY7jZwUVJK4x4MxlYjjLVjCQmILQH9o-nicnnSf1rTS_VFlzW13F5Uqs4rWvCO3BUoCAYG6X1r-X9VF1zctqWIWCGpBpDC1qjAR344H73rw3FDmRnVvMpO&amp;typo=1__;JSUlJSU!!OMLVqIk!g_vklh2WjD8fkc4r3_VQ-5c1wSdEPNeTX4iVTiLIl9sYmxRefQ30NNKNfAQvziKFsSF0RlZQY2dAHw$">https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/bruce-highway-deception-bay-road-interchange</a>.</p> <p class="x">For up-to-date information on road works across the state, visit <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http*3a*2f*2fwww.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au&amp;c=E,1,3QPmihHbiXuBUH1a11S5DCHY8CfUcRnrCaqtXiwQW1EF7ZXLUJYfXIM-MLopwbp2mqpykjP03t44yXF91cI9RB06IoyfynPSyGUAKBD5lYxA5-JDKCshJ5iW&amp;typo=1__;JSUl!!OMLVqIk!g_vklh2WjD8fkc4r3_VQ-5c1wSdEPNeTX4iVTiLIl9sYmxRefQ30NNKNfAQvziKFsSF0RlbM_5CZMQ$">www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au</a>, call 13 19 40 or download the app.</p> Joyce New ramp open for Deception Bay Road Interchange upgrade $5.6 million for heavy vehicle safety grants https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/56-million-heavy-vehicle-safety-grants <p>The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing a further $5.6 million in initiatives that will deliver safety improvements across Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, protect all road users and grow the economy.</p> <p>Applications are now open for Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), giving community and industry groups the chance to share in this record funding pool.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the heavy vehicle industry plays a key role in driving Australia’s economy forward.</p> <p>“Heavy vehicles move the goods and commodities Australians rely on to where they are needed – be that ports, supermarkets, or factories,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“When trucks stop, the nation stops. That’s why we continue to invest in road safety programs and initiatives that will ensure our trucks keep moving and the economy keeps growing.</p> <p>“The Government is committed to working with industry to ensure this vital sector remains safe and productive. This funding will support initiatives that increase safety awareness, education and compliance across the sector.”</p> <p>Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the Federal Government had so far allocated around $33.6 million through the HVSI.</p> <p class="Default">“It’s been great to see projects that tackle safety issues in sectors including agriculture, livestock and rural freight, and raise awareness about issues such as driver fatigue and mental health,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.</p> <p class="Default">“I’ve seen firsthand the safety solutions these projects deliver, such as the trial of a livestock Parallel Access Landing frame in Kilcoy, Queensland which prevents the risk of drivers climbing and falling from the vehicle crate or being struck when loading or unloading livestock.</p> <p>“It’s crucial we continue to prioritise these types of projects to ensure a productive and safe future for the industry.”</p> <p>National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Chief Executive Officer Sal Petroccitto said there were 74 applications submitted under the last round of the program, and he hoped to see even more quality projects put forward.</p> <p>“I urge community and industry groups with tangible, effective ideas that align with the theme Safer Drivers, Safer Vehicles, Safer Road Use to submit your application and make a difference,” Mr Petroccitto said.</p> <p>“I look forward to continuing to work with the industry to find solutions that make our roads safer.”</p> <p>Applications for Round 7 funding are open until 14 February 2022. Projects must be implemented during the 2022-23 financial year and be completed within two years of commencement.</p> <p>For more information or to view the submission guidelines visit <a href="///C:/Users/Claire.Rosenberg/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/WI3J9712/www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi">www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi</a></p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Media contacts:</strong></h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | <a href="mailto:Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au">Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Assistant Minister Buchholz – Scott O’Connell | 0413 424 384 | <a href="mailto:Scott.O’Connell@aph.gov.au">Scott.O’Connell@aph.gov.au</a></p> <p>NHVR – Claire Rosenberg | 07 3309 8765 | <a href="mailto:Claire.Rosenberg@nhvr.gov.au">Claire.Rosenberg@nhvr.gov.au</a></p> Joyce $5.6 million for heavy vehicle safety grants New era for Infrastructure Australia https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/new-era-infrastructure-australia <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">The Liberal and Nationals Government has made a number of new appointments to the Board of Infrastructure Australia as it embarks on a new era.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">In the coming weeks, the Government will also issue a revised Statement of Expectations (SoE) to guide the future direction of the key advisory body.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">The new appointments mean the gender ratio of the Board will be 50 per cent female.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Our Government is rebuilding this nation. Whether it’s in our most heavily populated cities or in remote corners of the country, we are delivering the infrastructure all Australians need and deserve – like Snowy Hydro 2.0, Inland Rail, the Bruce Highway upgrade, Outback Way, and WestConnex.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">These projects are improving livelihoods, creating and protecting jobs the length and breadth of Australia, driving economic growth and rebuilding our economy.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">We are delivering these projects, and more, through our record $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure plan. This is an investment in Australia’s future.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Our pipeline of projects will better connect our regions, meet our national freight challenge, get Australians home sooner and safer, and build a stronger and more resilient Australia.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Under the revised SoE, Infrastructure Australia will have a stronger focus on rural, regional and remote infrastructure priorities – something only the Liberal and Nationals Government believes is important.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Our Government is on the side of regional Australia, and we will always fight to give regional Australians the same opportunities as people living in metropolitan areas. That includes the infrastructure needed to ensure rural, regional and remote communities can grow and prosper.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">To lead the organisation in this new direction, the Government has appointed Cr Colin Murray as the new Chair of the Board, bringing a fresh perspective to the helm of Infrastructure Australia.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Cr Murray has more than two decades of experience in the construction industry and considerable knowledge of local infrastructure issues in regional areas, gained through previous roles including Chair of Regional Cities New South Wales and Deputy Chair of Regional Capitals Australia.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">As Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council, he has overseen several major infrastructure projects that have helped underpin the city’s growth. These include a wastewater treatment plant and effluent reuse farm, major road upgrades, and the Tamworth Rail Freight Intermodal Terminal.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Cr Murray, who is also currently a Councillor of the University of New England, has been appointed to the role for three years, commencing on 1 December 2021.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Cr Murray is a champion of regional Australia and we look forward to him guiding Infrastructure Australia into the future.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">In addition to Cr Murray, the Government has also appointed six new Board members for three-year terms, including:</p> <ul> <li class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Ms Vicki Meyer</strong> is the Chief Executive Officer of Deniliquin Freighters and has more than 30 years’ experience in agribusiness. She also has an extensive background in the finance sector and considerable knowledge of transport and water infrastructure.</li> <li class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Cr Vonnette Mead</strong> is the Operations Manager of building company Meadcon and a former Board member of the Tasmanian branch of Master Builders Australia. She is currently a member of the Tasmanian Building and Construction Training Board and a Councillor at Latrobe Council.</li> <li class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Ms Amanda Cooper</strong> is a Director of Urban Utilities in Queensland and a former Brisbane City Councillor. She has a deep understanding of local government, specifically in the fields of infrastructure planning and delivery, and urban planning and development.</li> <li class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Ms Elizabeth Schmidt</strong> currently sits on the Board of the Dalrymple Community Cultural Centre Trust and is a former Mayor of the Charters Towers Regional Council. She has extensive experience in local government and in the transport sector.</li> <li class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Dr Vanessa Guthrie AO</strong> has an extensive background in the energy, mining, communications and transport sectors. She currently holds non-executive director positions at Santos Ltd, Tronox Holdings, AdBri Limited and Lynas Rare Earths Ltd. She is a former Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia Board.</li> <li class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Mr Robert Moffat</strong> is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation and Vice-Chair of the International Railway Research Board. He has extensive experience in engineering and planning gained from a long career in the transport sector.</li> </ul> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">These appointees have been chosen due to their breadth of experience relevant to the functions of Infrastructure Australia. Their skills will complement those already on the Board.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">The Government thanks outgoing Board members for their important contribution to Infrastructure Australia’s work.</p> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Infrastructure Australia is Australia’s independent infrastructure advisor, providing research and advice to governments, industry and the community on the infrastructure investments and reforms that will benefit all Australians.</p> <h2 class="BoswellMediaHeader"><strong>Media contact:</strong></h2> <p class="BoswellMediaHeader">Deputy Prime Minister – Sarah Holder | 0460 306 892 | <a href="mailto:Sarah.Holder@infrastructure.gov.au">Sarah.Holder@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> <p>Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | <a href="mailto:Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au">Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au</a></p> Joyce New era for Infrastructure Australia NAIF Board bolstered by Queenslanders https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/littleproud/media-release/naif-board-bolstered-queenslanders <p>Two Queenslanders have been appointed to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) Board. Mr Grant Cassidy OAM and Mr (Alan) Mark Gray join the board on 30 November 2021. This means each jurisdiction is again represented on the NAIF board.</p> <p>Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said it is vital that the NAIF Board has the right mix of business and government expertise.</p> <p>“Mr Cassidy owns and runs two award-winning hospitality businesses, as well as heading up a cattle-grazing property in Rockhampton, where he is based,” Minister Littleproud said.</p> <p>“Mr Gray has extensive experience in corporate, government and not-for-profit entities, including Chief Executive positions with the Queensland Treasury, Queensland Competition Authority, and Queensland Independent Commission of Audit.</p> <p>“These Queenslanders will help the NAIF continue to roll out $5 billion in loans and other support that will bring to life significant infrastructure projects across all sectors in the North.”</p> <p>Special Envoy for Northern Australia, Queensland Senator Susan McDonald said the two appointees’ experience would support NAIF to deliver on its recently expanded remit.</p> <p>“The NAIF is critical to encourage and complement private-sector investment in infrastructure that benefits northern Australia,” Senator McDonald said.</p> <p>“The Government is accelerating NAIF’s impact, by charging the body with an expanded toolkit to support projects beyond concession loans, like equity investments.</p> <p>“I look forwarding to seeing these two candidates, both deeply committed to the north’s development, take up their roles.”</p> <p>Mr Cassidy’s current roles also include Director of the Gladstone Ports Corporation, Chair of Regional Development Australia Central and Western Queensland, Chair of Capricornia Business Advisory Alliance and Vice Chairman of Beef Australia Limited.</p> <p>He also has a background in commercial radio and multi-media and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019 for services to the tourism and hospitality sector.</p> <p>Mr Gray was the Office Head for Macquarie Group in Queensland and an Executive Director (Partner-equivalent) with BDO (Qld) Pty Ltd. He holds a number of current Directorships, including Sugar Terminals Limited, Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) and Queensland Cricket, each of which has interests and operations in northern Queensland.</p> <h2><strong>Media contact: </strong></h2> <p>Douglas Ferguson 0455 448 985</p> Littleproud NAIF Board bolstered by Queenslanders