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.
Thirteen South Australian sporting clubs will share in $4 million worth of grants to upgrade and build female change rooms as part of the State Government’s Female Facilities Program.
Construction of the $160 million Warrego Highway Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 project between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will begin shortly, with civil construction company the Georgiou Group awarded the contract for the project.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey has revealed the $11.5 million project to build the new Burnett River Bridge on Monto-Mount Perry Road is on track with bridge deck units currently being installed.
The Andrews Labor Government will soon begin planning for the next stages of development at Ballarat Health Services, including the fit-out of a shell space in the revamped hospital with even more operating theatres.
Works to remove two notorious bottlenecks along the Chandler Highway will start within months, with Seymour Whyte Constructions announced today as the successful tenderer for the project.