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Federal funding for Tasmanian roads



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Minister for Transport and Communications support

Federal funding totalling more than $5.2 million for a National Highway and rural arterial road project in Tasmania was approved today by the Minister for Transport and Communications Support, Mr Clyde Holding.

Almost $3.8 million will go towards Stage 2 of the duplication of the Bass Highway section of the National Highway from Forth River to the Ulverstone Bypass.

The remaining $1.49 million is for reconstructing the Lilydale Main Road from the Underwood Deviation to Lily dale.

"The National Highway system is part of the Federal Government's long-term goal of providing a fully-sealed, all-weather road network," Mr Holding said.

"Funding of rural arterial roads such as the one near Lilydale underscores the Government's commitment to upgrading roads for the benefit of the rural community.

"Both the National Highway and rural arterial roads play a significant role in our economic and social development.

"They are instrumental in easing the problems of isolated communities by providing a safe, economic and efficient link to major population centres."

This financial year, the Federal Government has allocated more than $46.4 million towards road construction and maintenance in Tasmania, of which $16.3 million is for National Highway projects and $10.3 million for rural arterial roads.

COMMONW EAL!! PARLIAMENTARY UBR C. I. S. 11 FEBRUARY 1988

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FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TASMANIAN ROADS

For further information contact:

Ministerial - John Stanton (062) 73 3979 Departmental - Ian Greenshields (062) 68 7522

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