Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Tweed Heads on the road to recovery

Media Release

WT231/2014

13 November 2014

Joint release with:

Gary Bagnall

Mayor of Tweed

Construction on Kennedy Drive has begun, following the Australian Government's injection of $3.3 million for vital upgrades between Gray Street and the Pacific Motorway.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Tweed Shire Mayor Gary Bagnall on site today to inspect the progress of works.

“Coalition candidate Matthew Fraser made the promise to upgrade Kennedy Drive and the government is honouring that promise—even though we did not win the electorate of Richmond,” Mr Truss said.

“The work to be done here will ease congestion for the 19,000 vehicles that use the road each day.

“Kennedy Drive is not the only good news story for roads in Tweed Heads, with Council receiving a $500,000 payment for a Roads to Recovery project on Tuesday of this week.

“This payment will help fund Council's rehabilitation of Bay Street, to make the Tweed Heads CBD a smoother and easier place to drive.”

Councillor Bagnall said the vital upgrades on Kennedy Drive could be completed as early as February 2015.

“This project will deliver better drainage, making Kennedy Drive much safer for vehicles during wet weather and ensuring residents have better access during minor floods,” Cr Bagnall said.

“For Bay Street, the timing of this Roads to Recovery payment could not have been better. It will help us finish our $1.55 million upgrade, which will incorporate a new road surface as well as kerbs, gutters and parking bays, early next year.”

Tweed Shire Council is contributing $130,000 to the $3.43 million Kennedy Drive Upgrade, and $1.05 million to the $1.55 million Bay Street works.