News Date: 05 Feb 2013
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler (NSW)
ACT Chief Minister
The Federal and ACT Governments will together provide almost $1 million to strengthen the Barry Drive Bridge in Turner, improving access for heavy vehicles to the territory's key routes.
“This project has been approved under the $220 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, established by the Labor Government in 2008 to directly improve conditions and safety for heavy vehicle drivers,” Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said.
“It's estimated that the amount of freight that will be carried on roads in our nation's capital will double over the next decade. Improving productivity through projects like this will help reduce the effect of the growing freight task on road safety, the environment and the amenity of our communities.
“As well as our unprecedented investment in upgrading the Territory's highways, the local trucking industry will also benefit from the creation of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal which has the powers to stamp out unsafe work practices and make sure drivers get a fair go.”
ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher said the projects were selected following consultation with the trucking industry.
“Today's announcement is a good example of the Federal and Territory governments working together to make the local trucking industry even safer and more productive,” the Chief Minister said.
The Andrews Labor Government has announced that important geotechnical investigations will start shortly within the Waterways estate wetlands to enable the project to progress to its next stage.
The final 20 girders needed to build the Warrell Creek bridge are now being put in place, bringing completion of the $380 million upgrade of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway one step closer.
The Western Australian Government has completed works on 15 new overtaking lanes on Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields region.
The community of Colac has celebrated the official opening of the Bluewater Leisure Centre which will aim to provide modern health and recreation facilities set to invigorate active lifestyles in the region.
A new road linking Main North Road to residential developments east of Gawler has been given the green light, paving the way for jobs and further investment in Adelaide’s north.