Victoria Shadow Minister for Roads Terry Mulder
Federal Coalition’s Highway Funding Boosts South-West VIC
Victor P Taffa
The Federal Coalition’s announcement that it will provide $20 Million in funding for land acquisition, design works and planning for the Princes Highway West Winchelsea to Colac Duplication will be a major boost to Colac, Camperdown and other cities and towns in South-West Victoria.” Shadow Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder said today.
Mr. Mulder said that he was delighted that Leader of the Federal Opposition Tony Abbott and Liberal Candidate for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson had recognised the pressing need for a duplicated Princes Highway all the way from Waurn Ponds to Colac.
“The Victorian Coalition looks forward to working with Mr. Abbott and Ms. Henderson to deliver ongoing construction of the Winchelsea to Colac section once duplication of the initial Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea section is completed.”
“My aim is to work hard to ensure that the duplication of the two sections proceeds seamlessly and that it does not become a ‘stop-start’ project.” Mr. Mulder said.
Mr. Mulder said that the biggest benefit to South-West Victorians from the Federal Coalition’s announcement would be safer road travel, but the tourism, agricultural and manufacturing industries would also be major winners.
“The Federal Coalition’s announcement will bring a far safer, duplicated highway right to Colac’s doorstep. Along with the Victorian Coalition’s continuing efforts to bring higher frequency train services to Colac, the duplicated highway will increase the attractiveness of South-West Victoria to investors which will have a positive spin-off in increased job opportunities.”
“Ms. Henderson deserves recognition for fighting so hard behind the scenes to ensure that Colac will benefit from a fully Duplicated Highway all the way from Waurn Ponds.” Mr. Mulder said.