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

New rock netting to be installed along Great Ocean Road

Media Release


25 May 2015

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Safety improvements to prevent rocks from falling on to the Great Ocean Road between Fairhaven and Lorne begin this week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the work is part of the Australian Government's commitment to upgrade the iconic road.

“The Great Ocean Road is a major drawcard for thousands of visitors each year who use the road to visit the region's magnificent beaches and national parks as well as major attractions such as the Twelve Apostles,” Mr Truss said.

“With so many people using this road, this upgrade is vital to ensure the journey is safe and reliable for motorists.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the works were vital to prevent loose rocks falling from the cliff face between Fairhaven and Lorne, creating hazards for drivers and cyclists.

“This work will clear existing loose rocks and install wire netting over the cliff face to prevent future rock falls,” Ms Henderson said.

“This is also an important economic investment. Rock falls can close the Great Ocean Road at times, impacting local businesses as well as residents.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the Great Ocean Road is a major draw card for thousands of tourists each year.

“Once these works are complete, drivers will experience a safer journey along this popular scenic route,” Mr Donnellan said.

Work is expected to be finished by the end of July 2015.

The Australian Government has committed $25 million and the Victorian Government $25 million towards a comprehensive package of works on the Great Ocean Road.