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More than $3.5 million in funding as heavy vehicle productivity and safety program rolls in

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price says heavy vehicle routes in the Durack electorate will soon be more efficient, more reliable and safer, thanks to 10 upgrades across the electorate being funded under Round Six of the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

”I have been fighting for better roads and this is fantastic news for truckies travelling through our region, with my electorate receiving more than $12 million for projects right across the electorate,” Minister Price said.

Three of these upgrades are in the Midwest/Gascoyne with the Shires of Upper Gascoyne, Irwin, and Northampton sharing in $3,653,684 towards construction of heavy vehicle bays, widening of roads and intersections and stock grids and installing signage to improve heavy vehicle safety.

“Getting product from paddock to plate is a vital part of Australia’s growing agriculture and transport industries, which is why the Federal Government is investing in making those freight routes safer,” Minister Price said.

“I understand how important it is to upgrade these roads – we drive them often and see firsthand the jobs and opportunities agriculture and transport brings to the Durack electorate.

“The upgrades will increase productivity for primary producers, as well as the mining and tourist industries, and improve heavy vehicle safety,” said Ms Price.

The following funding has been allocated for the Midwest/Gascoyne:

In the Shire of Irwin:
• $275,000 towards the construction of a heavy vehicle bay on Brand Highway at Arrowsmith

In the Shire of Northampton:
• $550,000 towards the construction of two heavy vehicle bays on North West Coastal Highway

In the Shire of Upper Gascoyne:
• $2,828,684 towards widening roads, stock grids, causeways and intersections and installing signage and line marking.

The program provides funding to local councils and State and Territory Governments to help fund works designed to improve the safety and efficiency of important heavy vehicle routes around the nation.

“My Government continues to deliver road funding where it’s needed, based mainly on the local knowledge, especially to councils which make up more than 60 per cent of the 93 projects selected under this latest round of funding,” the Minister said.

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