The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina
Deb Frecklington MP
Leader of the LNP State Member for Nanango
Senator Amanda Stoker
Senator for Queensland
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
4 September 2018
HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAM FUNDING FOR WINYA-KILCOY CREEK BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
A key heavy vehicle route in the Somerset Region will soon be more efficient, more reliable and
safer thanks to the Winya-Kilcoy Creek Bridge replacement being funded under round six of the
Liberal and Nationals’ Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
“Getting product from paddock to plate is a vital part of Australia’s growing agriculture and
transport industries, which is why the Liberal and Nationals’ Government is investing in making
freight routes safer”.
”This is fantastic news for truckies travelling through this region, with this bridge replacement
on the D’Aguilar Highway receiving $2.94 million under Round Six of the Program,” said Senator
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional
Development Michael McCormack said 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.
“Around Australia we are investing in helping people get home sooner and safer, no matter where
they live,” Mr McCormack said.
“That’s why we are continuing 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.”
More on the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, including a full list of successful
Round Six projects, is available at:
Leader of the Opposition and Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, said the Federal Government’s
funding announcements are fantastic news for the Somerset region.
“Heavy vehicle traffic is steadily increasing on all major connecting roads throughout the
Somerset, as the region neighbours Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, and the Sunshine Coast, and is
also the gateway to the South Burnett and western Queensland,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“I would like to thank the Federal Government for acknowledging the significance of the Somerset
region through the funding of these proejcts, ” Mrs Frecklington
“I was also very glad to hear that this program will provide the funding to widen and seal the
3.07 kilometres of the single-lane sections of Gregors Creek Road.
“Vehicles are increasingly chooseing Gregors Creek Road as the shortest route between the Brisbane
Valley and Kilcoy, so this project will certainly improve safety and timeliness. Somerset Regional
Council will undertake these works and I understand this will be the single largest road upgrade
project ever undertaken by them,” Deb said.
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