Daily BulletinHoliday Centre

Canberra News

Monaro Highway upgrade funding brought forward

  • Written by Scott Morrison

Residents of South Canberra and Tuggeranong will benefit from an acceleration of funding for upgrades to the Monaro Highway.

 

The $200 million project which is being jointly funded by both governments, includes widening works and targeted safety upgrades to bust congestion along the corridor.

 

The Liberal and Nationals Government has been working with states and territories to bring forward critical infrastructure projects across Australia to drive jobs, strengthen the economy and get people home sooner and safer.

 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Government’s plan for a stronger economy meant critical road project work could be brought forward as part of the Government’s $100 billion pipeline.

 

The Prime Minister said fast-tracking $30 million for the Monaro Highway to the 2020-21 financial year would help to expedite upgrades which increase safety, improve freight productivity and boost tourism.

 

“By bringing funding forward, we can get on with our infrastructure commitments like the Monaro Highway upgrade which will cut travel times and increase road safety while driving more jobs in the ACT,” the Prime Minister said.

 

“Delivering critical road and rail projects sooner, as part of our $100 billion infrastructure pipeline, is responsible and considered economic management in partnership with the states and territories.”

 

Acting ACT Chief Minister Yvette Berry said it was important that the Australian Government contribute funding to infrastructure projects that benefit people living in the national capital and wider region. The ACT Government has also agreed to bring forward $15 million of its contribution to allow the first $45 million of major works to commence construction in the 2020-21 financial year.

 

“The ACT Government has detailed a 10-year, $14 billion Infrastructure Plan to provide services and jobs to our community, and to grow our regional economy,” Minister Berry said.

 

“We’re focused on maintaining the Capital as a great place to live, work and visit and so this funding from the Australian Government is welcome.

 

“The ACT Government has agreed to bring forward $15 million of its contribution to allow the first $45 million of major works to commence construction in the 2020-21 financial year and receiving the Australian Government funding sooner will better support planning and expedite construction for the jointly funded project.

 

“Completing the upgrades between Royalla Drive and Williamsdale Road and upgrades to the Old Cooma Road intersection in time for the 2020 ski season will help keep Canberrans safe on the roads.

 

“It is fantastic that the upgrades between Royalla Drive and Williamsdale Road, and upgrades to the Old Cooma Road intersection will now be complete in time for the 2020 ski season,” Minister Berry said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Government recognises the need for key rural roads to receive the upgrades they need to be safer, more efficient transport corridors as soon as possible.

 

“Not only are we bringing forward $30 million for the $200 million Monaro Highway Upgrade, we are also investing in the Barton Highway, Kings Highway and the William Slim Drive Duplication,” Mr McCormack said.

 

“These upgrades will improve connectivity for freight and commuters, slashing travel times and getting people home sooner and safer.”

 

ACT Minister for Roads and Active Travel Chris Steel said he was especially pleased that the accelerated federal funding will get the Monaro Highway Upgrade done sooner for Canberrans.

 

“The upgrades will keep Canberrans moving by removing at grade intersections to improve safety, traffic flow and speed along the Monaro, between Isabella Drive and Hindmarsh Drive,” Minister Steel said.

 

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said he was delighted to see the upgrades moving forward, after campaigning for funding to fix congestion and safety issues on the Monaro since 2016.

 

“In 2016, I committed $1 million to a scoping study into easing congestion for Canberrans on the Monaro and was thrilled to be able to deliver $100 million last year to carry out the recommendations of the study, a commitment I’m pleased has been matched by the ACT Government,” the Senator said.

 

Project funding brought forward:

  • $30 million for the $200 million Monaro Highway Upgrade project
    • Brought forward funding to flow from 2020-21 to expedite construction;
    • Total cost of the project is $200 million;
    • The Australian Government contribution to the project is $100 million ($30 million brought forward to 2020-21);
    • The ACT Government will contribute its first $15 million in 2020-21;
    • The ACT Government total contribution to the project is $100 million;
INTERWEBS DIGITAL AGENCY

The Conversation

Politics

Closing the Gap Statement to Parliament

Mr Speaker, when we meet in this place, we are on Ngunnawal country. I give my thanks and pay my respects to our Ngunnawal elders, past, present and importantly emerging for our future. I honour...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Interview with Alan Jones

ALAN JONES: Prime Minister, good morning.    PRIME MINISTER: Good morning, Alan.    JONES: I was just thinking last night when we're going to talk to you today, you must feel as though you've ...

News Company - avatar News Company

Prime Minister Bridget McKenzie press conference

PRIME MINISTER: Good afternoon everybody. The good news is that the Qantas flight is on its way to Wuhan and I want to thank everybody for their cooperation, particularly the Chinese Government as...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Business News

Is Hiring a Corporate Lawyer for Your Company Necessary?

Alternative online legal services like LegalZoom, Incfile, and Rocket Lawyer provides young and budding entrepreneurs access to legal help at a much affordable price without having to hire or meet a l...

Joe Curmi - avatar Joe Curmi

Top 5 Green Marketing Ideas for Your Eco-Friendly Small Business

According to studies, about 33 percent of consumers prefer buying from brands that care about their impact on the environment. This is good news for anyone running an eco-friendly business. It’s a...

Diana Smith - avatar Diana Smith

Choosing the Right Coworking Space For Your Business

As the capital of Victoria in Australia, Melbourne is inhabited by millions of people and is known as one of the most liveable cities in the world. The latter is due to the city’s diverse community...

Sarah Williams - avatar Sarah Williams

Travel

Travelling With Pets? Here Is What You Should Know

Only a pet parent can understand the dilemma one experiences while planning a vacation. Do you leave your pets at home?  Will you get a pet sitter or someone to take care of them while you are away?...

News Company - avatar News Company

How to Be a Smart Frugal Traveller

You are looking through Instagram, watching story after story of your followers overseas at a beach in Santorini, walking through the piazza in Italy, and eating a baguette in front of the Eiffel ...

News Company - avatar News Company

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR GRADUATION TRIP

Graduation is the stage of life when a student receives the rewards of hard work of years. It must have taken sleepless nights and tiring days to achieve the task. Now, as you have received your cov...

News Company - avatar News Company

ShowPo