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Almost $200 million for Road and Rail Network

Thu 17 May 2012

David O'Byrne

Minister for Infrastructure

The Tasmanian Government is continuing its commitment to safe and efficient infrastructure, with more than $195 million being invested in Tasmania's road and rail network in 2012/13.

The funding includes $64.9 million from the Australian Government and $130.5 million of State Government funding.

The Minister for Infrastructure, David O'Byrne, said investing in key infrastructure is a major part of the Government's strategy to diversify Tasmania's economy, connect communities, and create lasting jobs.

"Tasmania's transport infrastructure is something we all rely on," Mr O'Byrne said.

"Our roads, bridges and other infrastructure are there to benefit all Tasmanians - whether they're travelling to see family or friends, or doing business in different parts of the State.

"For example, the Community Roads Package helps keep communities connected - making them more resilient, and supporting jobs in regional Tasmania.

"Good community roads are the lifeblood of many regional communities. They help support our tourism, agriculture, mining, forest and fishing industries," he said.

The Government remains committed to delivering the $90 million Community Roads Program, and investing $21m on the Murchison Highway.

The Government's ongoing infrastructure commitment has been demonstrated by works being completed on Lake Secondary Road, Ridgley Highway, and junction improvements with the Bass Highway and Mersey Main Road.

Work on Mud Walls Road is also progressing well, and due to be finished in early 2013.

Planning work is also underway on several projects, including the South Arm Highway - Rokeby Road, the Bell Bay Main Road Junction, the Esk Main Road, and Arthur Highway project.

In the six years to 2013-14, the State Government will have invested more than $800-million in road and rail infrastructure under the Federal Government's Nation Building Program - representing near-record investment levels.

Mr O'Byrne said the Government also remains committed to continued upgrades as part of the North East Freight Roads Project.

"It is pleasing to see the Australian Government's continued commitment to improving freight transportation across our network," Mr O'Byrne said.

"This Government is ensuring the benefits not only extend to the freight industry, but also improve safety on our roads," he said.

Almost $200 million for Road and Rail Network