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March 5, 2015

New rest areas and turnaround points for heavy vehicles will be built in East Gippsland.

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced the Federal Government will spend $1.6 million on driver safety projects near Bruthen and Mount Drummer, east of Orbost.

The $1.68 million Mount Drummer upgrade will include two truck turn-around facilities built 95km east of Orbost on the Princes Highway, with rest areas and decoupling bays.

Two new rest areas will also be built and one upgraded on Nowa Nowa Rd, and a fourth upgraded on Buchan Rd, near Bruthen. The project, worth $1.63 million also includes eight new truck parking bays.

Mr Chester said the Federal Government would contribute $814,000 to the Mount Drummer project and $819,000 to the Bruthen project, under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

The Victorian Government will contribute the remaining funds.

“These sections of road represent some of East Gippsland’s most vital freight routes, which is why providing safe rest areas and turning areas is so important,” Mr Chester said.

“This investment in safe, practical and convenient facilities will make a real difference for all road users by preventing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”

The two East Gippsland projects were selected after a competitive merit-based selection process.

The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will deliver $200 million in new funding from 2014–15 to 2018–19.

The funding comes on top of the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery, $500 million Black Spot and $300 million Bridges Renewal programmes.