Federal funding available for road upgrades to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency

Apply for funding: Better road and heavy vehicle infrastructure means better productivity and safer roads, says Lyne MP David Gillespie.
Apply for funding: Better road and heavy vehicle infrastructure means better productivity and safer roads, says Lyne MP David Gillespie.

Local councils are encouraged to work with local residents and industry stakeholder to identify and priorities upgrade projects.

Once identified, applications for these can be submitted for funding under the federal Coalition government’s round six of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Almost $100 million is available under the initiative which has a long history of success in delivering safer, more productive heavy vehicle operations.

Funding available under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program is generous, with the Australian Government providing up to $5 million to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of each project.

The Australian Government is providing state, territory and local governments funding to assist with road upgrades that will improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency.

Better road and heavy vehicle infrastructure means better productivity and safer roads.

Round six follows the almost $190 million already provided by the federal Coalition government over the previous two rounds to help fund more than 135 projects across the national road network in the past three years.

Successful projects have previously included the construction of extended acceleration lanes from heavy vehicle rest areas, major intersection upgrades, sealing and road widening works, and road realignments.

In this round, the application period has been extended to 15 weeks to provide applicants with enough time to prepare proposals. The program is open for applications until March 30, 2018.

The guidelines for completing Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program applications and more information about the assessment process, critical dates, and key contacts, are available at:http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx

Me, my family and staff, wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

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