July 25, 2020

The Australian Government has added the Princes Highway from Colac to the South Australian border to the National Land Transport Network, recognising the critical importance of the key freight link to the Victorian and National economies.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the inclusion of the road on the national network took effect from 1 July 2020, as part of updates to the network across Australia.

“This section of the Princes Highway is a significant national freight link and tourism corridor through the Green Triangle region and its addition recognises our continued strategic commitment to improving safety, access and freight efficiency along this key route,” Mr Tehan said.

Mr Tehan welcomed the decision, saying sections of the Princes Highway in Victoria had been deemed some of the riskiest sections of road in the state.

“The Australian Government is committed to investing in critical road infrastructure to improve road safety, bust congestion and ensure efficient freight links for businesses to local and international markets,” Mr Tehan said.

“That is why the Australian Government has invested in a Princes Highway Corridor Strategy.

“The Australian Government’s $300 million 2019/20 budget commitment to the Princes Highway in Victoria includes the $60 million investment in upgrades between Warrnambool and Port Fairy. In addition to this, the Green Triangle region will benefit from $80 million in federal funding for upgrades committed under the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.

The Australian Government is currently funding over $20 million in pavement re-sheeting, shoulder sealing and other critical safety improvements along the Colac and South Australian border section of the Princes Highway with works expected to be completed early next year.

Mr Tehan said, “our next challenge is to get the Victorian State Government to commit to also providing funding and to deliver our rolling program of works on the highway to ensure all those using the road get to their destinations sooner and safer”.

More information on the National Land Transport Network is available at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/about/the_national_land_transport_network.aspx

More information on the Australian Government's $100 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, including investments in the Princes Highway corridor, is available at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/

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