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 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

Soft soil works start on Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade

Media Release

WT239/2015

06 August 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

Chris Gulaptis

Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast

Soft soil work has started on two sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $5.64 billion toward the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade by the end of the decade.

“Almost 400 kilometres of the Pacific Highway has now been duplicated between Hexham and the Queensland border. The Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade will see the completion of these works and a boost to road safety by reducing accidents and travel times,” Mr Truss said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said businesses will be invited to tender for early soft soil works on 1.4 kilometre section of the highway south of Woodburn.

“Preparing the foundation will allow the road base to settle before concrete paving is carried out, reducing the overall time and cost of the project and ensuring a duplicated highway is open to traffic by 2020,” Mr Gay said.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the soft soil work is being managed by Roads and Maritime Services and delivery partner Pacific Complete to ensure major work on the vital duplication project can progress.

“With about 150 kilometres of highway under construction, the focus is now on delivering the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade,” Mr Hogan said.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said Golding Contractors are completing the soft soil work on an area between 1.9 kilometres north of Farlows Lane and Yamba Road, and between Harwood and Chatsworth Road.

“SEE Civil Pty Ltd will be starting early work along a 3.8 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway between Whytes Lane and Pimlico. During the next year, wick drains will be installed in the soft soil to drain away ground water and the soil will be mixed with granular fill to provide a stronger road base,” Mr Gulaptis said.

The Australian Government is providing 80 per cent of the cost of building the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, with the New South Wales Government providing 20 per cent.

For more information on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B