Heavy vehicle productivity and safety rolls in Tasmania

Heavy vehicle routes in Tasmania will soon be more efficient, more reliable and safer thanks to an upgrade of the Esk Highway being funded under Round 6 of the Liberal and Nationals’ Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, Nationals Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin says.

“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 those freight routes safer,” Senator Martin said. “We all understand how important it is to upgrade these roads – we all drive them often and see firsthand the jobs and opportunities agriculture and transport brings to Tasmania.

“I have been fighting for better roads and this is fantastic news for truckies travelling through our region, with Tasmania receiving $3.59 million of Federal Government funding for the $7.18 million project under Round Six of the program. It will see the sealing of shoulders along two sections totalling 8.95km along the Esk Highway near Fingal, and it will improve safety for heavy vehicles by providing a greater clearance between vehicles.”

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 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.”

A list of successful Round Six projects, is available at: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx