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Federal Government announces up to $80 million for Princes Highway

News Article Date: 
Monday, 18 March 2019

The move to include Princes Highway West in the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance initiative has been welcomed by Warrnambool City Council.

The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Member for Wannon Dan Tehan.

This initiative means that over the next decade the Princes Highway West will share – with other key freight roads – in  $3.5 billion to ensure it connects efficiently to ports, airports and other transport hubs.

Mr Tehan and Mr McCormack announced an initial $80 million for upgrades to the Princes Highway along with the Henty Highway, the Portland-Nelson Road and the Portland-Casterton Road.

Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert said that the funding had the potential to be “a game changer”.

“This announcement elevates the Princes Highway to its rightful status as an important route for the prosperity of the region, but also the entire country,” he said.

“While the news is welcome, we don’t yet have the exact detail on where the funding is allocated.

“We know how much work is needed to improve the highway between Colac and Port Fairy and we are committed to keep pushing for what our community deserves.

“The Princes Highway West Action Alliance has identified $86 million of priority upgrades, and these need to be funded through this program.

“These include the commencement of duplication between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, more overtaking lanes or a 2+1 lane system between Colac and Camperdown as well as an upgrade of the notorious Blue Church intersection near Colac.

“I would urge the Victorian Government to come to the table and commit significant funds to ensure that these priorities can be completed as soon as possible.”

In making the announcement, Michael McCormack said that the funding aimed to create safer roads and more efficient transport routes.

“When it comes to making sure that we get home sooner and safer, when it comes to making sure that we get goods to port or to their destination in a more efficient and productive manner, then we need good roads,” he said.

“We need better roads and we need more funding for those roads.”

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