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$23 million for Canberra Region Roads

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
Leader of the National Party

13th May 2003

The Federal Government will spend $23.0 million on Canberra region roads in 2003-04, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today.

"Canberra and Sydney are now connected by four-lane divided highway, while the Barton Highway in the ACT is built to four-lane standard following the duplication of the six kilometre section between Gungahlin Drive and the Federal Highway. The Federal Government contributed of the cost of the project.

"Our next major road project for the capital region is the Queanbeyan bypass, which will receive $2.0 million in 2003-04. The funding has been brought forward so heavy vehicles can be diverted from Queanbeyan's main street as quickly as possible.

"The Queanbeyan City Council and New South Wales Government are contributing to the overall $6.0 million cost of the project. All works will be finished by December 2004.

"The bypass will make use of existing streets, linking the Kings Highway to Canberra Avenue via Yass Road, Piallago Avenue, The Oaks Estate Road, Railway Street and Kendall Avenue. It involves improvements at nine separate locations to make the route more useable by heavy transports.

"Federal funding will be directed at several section upgrades in 2003-04, including Oaks Estate Road/Railway Street junction, the Pialligo Avenue/Oaks Estate Road intersection and widening the intersection of Railway Street and Uriarra Road.

Supporting the local road network

"The 2003-04 Federal Budget allocates $19.8 million to the ACT local road network. It comprises $14.8 million in untied Local Road Grants and $5.0 million under the Roads to Recovery Programme. These funds will be allocated according to ACT Government priorities.

"The $1.2 billion Roads to Recovery programme is the largest funding injection into local roads by any Federal Government. So far, councils have listed about 10,000 projects for funding, with a strong emphasis on improving road safety.

"In 2002-03, we had to defer $100 million of spending under the programme nationally to meet our overall budgetary requirements. Local authorities throughout Australia will receive their full Roads to Recovery allocation in 2003-04, and will receive an extra $100 million in 2004-05 to make up for the deferral.

Saving Lives with the Black Spot Programme

"The ACT will receive $0.6 million in 2003-04 under the National Black Spot Programme, which provides funding to improve dangerous accident locations on Australia's roads. The programme is estimated to prevent about 500 serious crashes a year nationally," Mr Anderson said.

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680 / 0419 233989