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

Tender awarded for Bruce Highway overtaking lanes between Mackay and Proserpine

Media Release

WT042/2016

12 February 2016

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Mackay based Vassallo Constructions has been awarded the contract to construct an overtaking lane on the Bruce Highway near Thomsetts Road, south of Proserpine, with work due to begin in March.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government's commitment to fully fund the $3 million project will improve safety and efficiency for all motorists on this stretch of highway.

"The Bruce Highway between Mackay and Proserpine is a busy stretch of road, with more than 5,000 vehicles using the road every day," Mr Truss said.

"Overtaking lanes such as this one will help make the journey safer and more efficient, giving motorists more opportunities to safely overtake buses, trucks and caravans."

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the project, which is being delivered a year ahead of schedule, will improve the trip for drivers between Mackay and Proserpine.

"Overtaking lanes are a great way to increase capacity and reduce the risk of head-on collisions and I'm very pleased that works will get underway in coming weeks," Mr Christensen said.

"As well as boosting safety, the fact these works are being delivered by a local company will help support jobs in the region and contribute to north Queensland's economy.

"The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2016 weather permitting."

The $3 million Bruce Highway overtaking lane project is fully funded by the Australian Government.