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Building Our Transport Future in Tasmania

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Transport and Regional Services Portfolio

TRS7/Budget 10th May 2005

The Australian Government will spend $70.0 million on Tasmania's land transport system in 2005-06, including funding to upgrade the Sisters Hills section of the Bass Highway.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, made the announcement today.

"The Budget confirms that we are meeting our election promise to upgrade the Sisters Hills section of the Bass Highway. Work is planned to commence on five priority projects in 2005-06, now that the Tasmanian Government has announced it will match our funding contribution," Mr Anderson said.

AusLink Investment Programme

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Government would spend $27.2 million in 2005-06 on AusLink Investment Programme projects in Tasmania, including:

  • $12.9 million in 2005-06 to complete the first section of the duplication of the Bass Highway between Ulverstone and Burnie. The first section runs from west of the Leven River Bridge to Penguin and should be completed by mid-2006;
  • $1.2 million in 2005-06 to upgrade road junctions on the Bass Highway;
  • $5.0 million in 2005-06 to continue planning the new Bridgewater Bridge; and
  • a $6.3 million contribution in 2005-06 toward maintaining the AusLink road network.

Mr Anderson said the 2005-06 funding for the Government's AusLink Investment Programme projects would be available on the condition that the Tasmanian Government signed the AusLink bilateral agreement.

The condition will not affect the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme, including its Strategic Regional Programme and funding for unincorporated areas, the AusLink Black Spot Programme or untied local road grants.

"The AusLink agreement sets out a new approach to land transport planning and funding. We have to plan our transport system better, because it is the only way that Australia will be able to handle the growing traffic on our roads and railways.

"Taxpayers will also get better value for their road funding dollars under the agreement, because it includes the National Code of Conduct for the Construction Industry - a best-practice approach to workplace relations that will increase the sector's productivity."

"The AusLink agreement is the key to building the transport future of Tasmania. I urge the state government to agree to it immediately, so the benefits of our 2005-06 funding can start to flow from the beginning of the financial year."

AusLink Strategic Regional Programme

The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, said the Budget confirmed the Australian Government's election promise to fund four projects in Tasmania under the AusLink Strategic Regional Programme. He said the projects were:

  • $15.0 million ($2.3 million in 2005-06) to improve the safety of the Sisters Hills section of the Bass Highway, west of Burnie;
  • $1.5 million ($1.3 million in 2005-06) to upgrade the Scottsdale to Bridport Main Road in north east Tasmania;
  • $1.5 million ($1.3 million in 2005-06) to upgrade the Tasman Highway between Nunamara and Targa; and
  • $0.5 million ($0.4 million in 2005-06) toward the cost of improving the Port Sorell Main Road between Wrights Lane and Wesley Vale.

"While we welcome the Tasmanian Government's matching contributions for the Sisters Hills and Scottsdale to Bridport Main Road projects, it's time they confirmed their matching funding the other projects," Mr Lloyd said.

Upgrading local roads

Mr Lloyd said Tasmanian councils would receive $10.0 million in 2005-06 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery programme and $26.3 million in untied local road grants.

"The Budget confirms that we are spending $1.35 billion on extending the Roads to Recovery Programme until 2008-09. It's a vital funding injection that councils need to maintain their road systems," he said.

Savings more lives through the AusLink Black Spot Programme

The Budget confirms that the Australian Government has delivered on its election commitment to extend the AusLink Black Spot Programme until June 2008. The programme provides funding to improve dangerous sections of our roads.

"The Government will spend an extra $45.0 million a year on the programme in 2006 07 and 2007-08. The Budget already includes $45.0 million for the programme in 2005-06," Mr Lloyd said.

"Tasmania will receive $1.1 million from the programme in 2005-06, which will be directed to fixing 22 priority crash locations. It is a key part of the national strategy to reduce Australia's road fatality rate by 40 per cent by 2010."

A detailed factsheet on the Australian Government's land transport projects in Tasmania is attached.

 

Media contacts:
Paul Chamberlin Mr Anderson's office 02 6277 7680 / 0419 233 989
Fiona Telford Mr Lloyd's office 02 6277 7060 / 0407 908 504

 

TASMANIA

AUSLINK INVESTMENT PROJECTS1

Bass Highway - Penguin to Ulverstone duplication

Over the five years to June 2009, the Australian Government will invest $26.4 million in the first section of the duplication of the Bass Highway between Penguin and Ulverstone and $42.0 million in the second section. The projects will receive $12.9 million and $0.3 million respectively in 2005-06.

Section 1 involves the duplication of 5.1 kilometres of the Bass Highway from west of the Leven River Bridge to the existing dual carriageway near Penguin. Work commenced in October 2004 and is expected to be completed by mid-2006. Section 2 is a 5.5 kilometre section that will include a second bridge over the Leven River at Ulverstone.

Bass Highway junction upgrades

In 2005-06, the Australian Government will spend $1.2 million on minor works to make junctions safer along the Bass highway, as follows:

Eastland Drive and Ocean Drive junction

The Government will fund the construction of a single lane roundabout to replace the existing crossroads, which will reduce the incidence and severity of crashes in light of the location's poor accident history.

Bass Highway at Cutts Road

The Bass Highway junction at Cutts Road is a crossroads. The highway is subject to a 110 kilometre per hour speed limit, but the northbound approach is preceded by a sub-standard crest that inhibits motorists' visibility. The new intersection configuration will remove the potential for right angle and rear end collisions in a location with poor sight lines for motorists.

Bass Highway at Waverley Road

The junction of Bass Highway and Waverley Road is a T-junction and is subject to a 110 kilometre per hour speed limit. A new auxiliary lane for northbound traffic turning right into Waverley Road will reduce the risk of collisions with westbound vehicles and improve the level of service for highway traffic.

A new Bridgewater Bridge

The Australian Government will invest $100.0 million in a new Bridgewater Bridge and has allocated $57.0 million to the project from 2005-06 to 2008-09. The Government will allocate the remaining $43.0 million in future budgets.

The Government has allocated $5.0 million to the project in 2005-06 to continue planning as a prelude to construction.

Rocherlea-Lilydale-Scottsdale Road upgrade

The Australian and Tasmanian governments are sharing the cost of upgrading the Rocherlea-Lilydale-Scottsdale Road to improve safety, replace old bridges and bypass Scottsdale. The Australian Government is contributing $10.0 million toward the $20.0 million cost of the project, including $0.8 million in 2005-06.

All of the works are finished except the 9.5 kilometre Scottsdale bypass, which is due to be completed in 2006.

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AUSLINK STRATEGIC REGIONAL PROJECTS

Sisters Hills upgrade, Bass Highway

The Australian Government has committed $15.0 million ($2.3 million in 2005 06) for safety improvements on the Sisters Hills section of the Bass Highway between Rocky Cape Road and Boat Harbour.

Work on five priority projects is expected to start during 2005-06:

  • a major highway deviation to the west of the Sisters Hills cutting, widening the cutting to the summit and improvements to the Devils Elbow Road (west) and the Whites Road junctions;
  • improvements to the climbing lanes west of Sisters Hills;
  • the construction of a new bridge at Wilsons Bridge;
  • widening and extending the climbing lane east of Rulla Road, improving the Devils Elbow Road (east) junction and straightening the curve west of Myalla Road; and
  • straightening curves and lowering crests west of Montumana Road (east).

Scottsdale-Bridport Main Road

The Australian Government has committed $1.5 million ($1.3 million in 2005-06) to upgrade the Scottsdale to Bridport Main Road in north-east Tasmania. The money will be used to rehabilitate the poorer sections of the road and particularly the roadside shoulders north of the forthcoming bypass of Scottsdale. The Tasmanian Government is contributing $1.5 million to the project.

Tasman Highway upgrade

The Australian Government has committed $1.5 million ($1.3 million in 2005-06) to upgrade the Tasman Highway between Nunamara and Targa in north-east Tasmania. The highway in this area winds through heavily-timbered country and is extensively used by timber jinkers. The works are expected to start in 2005-06. The Tasmanian Government is required to provide matching funding for the project.

Port Sorell Main Road

The Government has committed $0.5 million ($0.4 million in 2005-06) toward the cost of upgrading the Port Sorell Main Road between Wrights Lane and Wesley Vale. Port Sorell Main Road is narrow, lacks shoulders and its alignment limits speeds to between 60 and 80 kilometres. The Tasmanian Government will need to contribute the rest of the cost of the upgrade.

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LOCAL ROAD FUNDING

Tasmanian local councils will receive $10.0 million in 2005-06 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme and $26.3 million in untied local road grants.

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AUSLINK BLACK SPOT PROGRAMME

Tasmania will receive $1.1 million in 2005-06 under the AusLink Black Spot programme, which will be directed to fixing 22 priority crash locations.

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Footnote

1The Tasmanian Government is required to sign an AusLink bilateral agreement as a condition of receiving funding for these AusLink projects. The condition will not affect the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme, including its Strategic Regional Programme and funding for unincorporated areas, the AusLink Black Spot Programme or untied local road grants.