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 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

Connecting Victoria's South-West to major services

Media Release


04 May 2015

Joint release with:

Gayle Tierney

Victorian member for Western Victoria

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

South-West Victorian communities and industries will be better connected to commercial centres with the duplication of the Princes Highway West between Winchelsea and Colac officially starting construction today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that local communities have been involved in shaping this project at every stage to help ensure the Australian Government in delivering what is best for the region.

“The Australian and Victorian Governments have each committed $185.5 million to complete the duplication works between Winchelsea and Colac,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson marked the start of construction at a site event in Colac today.

“This route serves many important industries in south-west Victoria, including agriculture, logging, grain growing, dairy and tourism,” Ms Henderson said.

“This upgrade will increase efficiency and safety for motorists and heavy vehicles travelling on the Princes Highway West.

“The Princes Highway West is a major link to tourist attractions, such as the Great Ocean Road, and is a vital link for regional Victorians to commercial centres such as the port of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.”

Victorian Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the project would considerably improve Colac's main thoroughfare, delivering a new pedestrian bridge over Barongarook Creek, and upgrades to five pedestrian crossings.

“The benefits of this project won't be confined to the Colac community, but will be felt right throughout the region, including local residents, tourists and the freight industry,” Ms Tierney said.

“Projects such as this are incredibly important and will ensure we continue to create jobs, drive growth and strengthen regional Victoria.”

Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2019.