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MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

MEMBER FOR EDEN-MONARO

BEGA BYPASS GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

A Gillard Labor Government — in partnership with the Keneally Labor Government -will invest $85 million to build a far superior Bega Bypass than originally planned.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese today joined NSVV Roads Minister David Borger and Labor Member for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly to announce the Bega Bypass was finally

moving forward after more than 30 years on the drawing board, with the aim of starting construction next year.

This project would be yet another example of our Nation Building Program at work, building the modern, well-planned infrastructure vital to a stronger economy and more sustainable communities," Anthony Albanese said.

"That s why were doubling to S68 million our investment in this project within the existing $37 billion Nation Building Program.

Our decision was based on the planning work we've undertaken, the community feedback we've received, as well as strong and persistent representations from Mike Kelly.

'1 am now confident we have a solution not just for the next three years but for the next three decades, one which better reflects the community's expectations and the region's long term infrastructure needs.

"Once completed in 2013, the new bypass would deliver safer, quicker driving conditions along this section of the Princes Highway and take more than 500 trucks a day off the main street of Bega."

Environmental approvals and detailed design work will be completed by the middle

of next year, with construction to start soon thereafter.

David Borger said the NSVV Government's decision to invest 517 million in the project reinforces its commitment to Bega and the surrounding region.

"We've Consulted extensively with local businesses and the community, taking on board their views in developing the best route for the bypass," David Borger said.

"During the construction of this new piece of road infrastructure some 500 direct and indirect jobs will be created, providing a major boost to the local economy.'

The new 3.5 km bypass would extend from the south side of the existing Bega River Bridge to Finucane Lane to the south, with new bridge crossings at High Street and Ravenswood Street as well as two major access points linking the town, the bypass

and properties to the west of the bypass.

Mike Kelly said the completion of the multi-million bypass would improve safety along this section of highway and improve the quality of life for Bega residents.

"Today's announcement from the Gillard Labor Government is a major victory for Bega and the communities of the South Coast, as well as the regular users of the Princes Highway," Mike Kelly said.

"Only Federal Labor has the vision and the commitment to build the modern, safe and well planned road infrastructure Our community expects and our economy needs."

The additional funding for the Bega Bypass has been redirected from cost savings in other projects within the Gillard Labor Government's existing S37 billion Illation Building Program.

BEGA, NSW 22 JULY 2010

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