Safety and productivity boost for New England Region

17 Feb 2015

13 February 2015

THE Australian Government has today announced infrastructure projects to be funded in the New England to improve productivity and safety outcomes for local heavy vehicles.


Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $421,000 to projects in this region.


After a competitive merit-based selection process, Australian Government funding has been approved to three regional projects in the New England Electorate.


Mr Joyce said “the Australian Government is committed to making heavy vehicle operations more productive and safer for all road users”.


“The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will deliver $200 million in new funding from 2014–15 to 2018–19.


“Along with the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery, $500 million Black Spot and $300 million Bridges Renewal programmes, we are making a real difference to local community needs” Mr Joyce said.


The below listed projects will receive the following funding amounts under the Australian Government Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity programme:


Tamworth Regional Council - Intersection Upgrade at the Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange $135,000
Gunnedah Shire Council - New decoupling and inspection area on the Kamilaroi Highway north of Gunnedah $86,000
RMS - Green reflector sites on the Kidman Way, Gwydir, Kamilaroi and Mitchell Highways $200,000

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