Today the Coalition Government announced that it will fully fund a $5 million strategy to establish Princes Highway priority upgrades between Sydney and Port Augusta.
Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis MP said she has been working hard with Minister Chester to establish a strategy given the region has seen significant growth over the past few years.
“We have already seen significant State Government investment, but it has been a top priority for me to get the Princes Highway recognised for its important role here in Gilmore and beyond,” she said.
“Developing a corridor plan for the Princes Highway which is a critical link for visitors, industry and local traffic is crucial.
“Plus the Government will commence a review of the National Land Transport Network, the first of its kind since 2014 which I welcome, this too has been an issue discussed with the Minister.
“On Thursday 17 August, 2017 I signed a joint letter addressed to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester requesting the Princes Highway form part of the National Land Transport Network.
“Thursday 19 October, 2017 I sent letters to the NSW State Minister for Transport Andrew Constance, Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra, South Coast and Education Gareth Ward and Speaker NSW Legislative Assembly Shelley Hancock, requesting support to have the Princes Highway form part of the National Land Transport Network.”
“Today the Hon. Darren Chester MP has announced the first review of the National Land Transport Network since 2014 which will allow all governments, territories and industry stakeholders to have their say on future corridor priorities across the country.
The Coalition Government is a Government of action and delivery, and today’s announcement is another great example,” said Mrs Sudmalis.
The review will commence in early 2018 and will focus on the current network to see what needs to be removed or added to ensure it reflects the current passenger vehicle and freight movements across the country. A formal consultation process as part of the review will be undertaken in the New Year.