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$86 million to fix Calder Highway interchange at Ravenswood



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Media Release

Senator the Hon Eric Abetz Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Friday 23 August 2013

$86 million to fix Calder Highway interchange at Ravenswood

Victoria’s most notorious blackspot would be fixed under an elected Federal Coalition Government with Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Eric Abetz joining Premier Denis Napthine and Liberal Candidate for Bendigo, Greg Bickley to announce $86 million to upgrade the Calder Highway/Calder Alternate Highway interchange near Ravenswood.

The Coalition has committed to contribute $45 million while the Victorian Coalition Government would contribute $41 million to completely rebuild the notorious intersection with a grade-separated interchange.

Premier Denis Napthine said the project would be an enormous safety boost for all motorists while also increasing the efficiency of one of the state’s busiest freight corridors.

“Six casualty crashes and a number of serious injuries have occurred at this intersection which has been neglected for far too long,” Dr Napthine said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to saving lives on our roads and we would be pleased to partner with a Federal Coalition Government to ensure that this deadly intersection is upgraded and made significantly safer.

“Last year, we put this project forward as a priority to the Federal Labor Government for the Nation Building Program. The $41 million Victorian contribution announced today is a further example of how seriously we take this project.”

Mr Bickley said the intersection was well-known to the local community as a site where there had been a number of serious injury accidents in recent years.

“This is an incredibly important announcement from a community safety perspective. It would also improve travel times and provide a jobs boost,” Mr Bickley said.

“An elected Federal Coalition Government, working in partnership with the Victorian Coalition Government, would deliver the infrastructure our community needs.”

Senator Abetz said the Federal Coalition was committed to investing in crucial infrastructure works across the country.

“The Calder Highway is the primary road transport route connecting regions, cities and towns in northern and north-western Victoria and south-western New South Wales to Melbourne,” Senator Abetz said.

“This upgrade would greatly benefit the local economy, help create jobs and provide a safer travel route between the Bendigo region and Melbourne.

Media contacts: Premier Napthine - Mark Lee 0408 547 381 Senator Abetz - David Allender 0457 590 881