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

Vital upgrades complete on Great Eastern Highway

Media Release


22 May 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

Rick Wilson

Member for O’Connor

Safety and productivity will be improved with upgrades between Bullabulling and Coolgardie on the Great Eastern Highway now complete.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $29.6 million and the Western Australian Government $17.5 million towards this essential upgrade.

“The Great Eastern Highway is a major freight route linking Western Australia to the eastern states and a major road linking Perth to the Wheatbelt and Goldfields Esperance regions,” Mr Truss said.

“The road averages around 1,100 vehicles each day and 40 per cent of those are heavy vehicles, which is why it has been a focus for the Australian and Western Australian Governments.”

Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson attended today's official opening and said the works between Bullabulling and Coolgardie represented one of the highest priority sections of the highway that needed upgrading.

“Having travelled this section of Great Eastern Highway frequently I could see how badly these upgrades were needed,” Mr Wilson said.

“The addition of three passing lanes will reduce travel times, improve efficiency for freight movements and create a safer road for travellers.

“Now this project is complete we will be seeking the funds to upgrade the next priority section of Great Eastern Highway.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder commended the contractors for sourcing as much plant, equipment and supplies locally as possible.

“The project also provided employment and training opportunities for about 80 local people, including sub-contractors, over the past 10 months. At the peak of the project, this number reached 140 people,” Mr Nalder said.

Great Eastern Highway is the only direct sealed link between Perth and the Eastern States. Construction between Bullabulling and Coolgardie started in July 2014 and was completed in May 2015.