Joint Media Release with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Darren Chester MP
Almost $100 million is available under the Australian Government’s Round Six of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme (HVSPP).
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, encouraged local councils to work with local residents and industry stakeholders to identify and prioritise upgrade projects and submit an application.
“This is a great initiative with a long history of success in delivering safer, more productive heavy vehicle operations,” Senator Scullion said.
“Funding available under the HVSPP is generous with the Australian Government providing up to $5 million to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of each project.
“Projects funded under previous rounds of the HVSPP programme included $6.2 million seal widening of the Roper Highway along with $1.5 million upgrades to three truck bays on the same highway, and $3.5 million Lasseter Highway seal widening.”
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was providing state, territory and local governments access to $98 million to fund upgrades that will improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency.
“Better road and heavy vehicle infrastructure means better productivity and safer roads,” Mr Chester said.
“Round Six follows the almost $190 million already provided by the Australian 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 HVSPP is open for applications until 30 March 2018.
The Guidelines for completing HVSPP 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