MIL-OSI Australia: Safety focus for national Heavy Vehicle Law review

Source: Australian Minister for Regional Development

Media Release

MM017/2019

21 January 2019

A comprehensive review is under way into the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to consider ways to make improvements which can boost national road safety and productivity delivery.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack welcomed the review commencing, to investigate potential changes which enhance road safety and productivity outcomes.

Mr McCormack said the Transport and Infrastructure Council of Federal, State and Territory Ministers recently approved the review’s terms of reference, submitted by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

“The NTC’s terms of reference reflect the widely held view that the HVNL, in its current form, falls short of being truly national and is overly prescriptive and complicated,” Mr McCormack said.

“It is now widely accepted that while the first iteration of the HVNL in 2012 was an improvement on the previous multi-jurisdictional situation, it now needs to be comprehensively overhauled.

“Extensive consultations will be held with stakeholders as part of the review including trucking industry representatives and related industries, policy and law enforcement agencies, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, all three tiers of government and members of the Australian community.

“To support and help guide the review, an expert panel chaired by the recently retired Chairman of the Productivity Commission, Peter Harris, and including representatives from the trucking industry and Infrastructure Australia, has also been appointed.”

Mr McCormack said the NTC would consider industry feedback and focus its investigation on key priority areas, including safe and efficient access, enhanced fatigue management, accreditation for safer operations and telematics, technology and data.

He said to ensure the views of heavy vehicle operators across the country are taken into account when drafting the replacement legislation, the NTC will undertake consultation with rural and regional stakeholders, as well as those in urban areas.

“The review will complement other Government priorities such as the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and the recently announced National Road Safety Governance review.

“Members of the Transport and Infrastructure Council of Ministers are looking forward to receiving the NTC’s first set of recommendations near the end of this year,” he said.

“This review complements the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $75 billion infrastructure investment plan which aims to help all Australians get home sooner and safer, with road safety improvements a key priority.

“This $75 billion plan delivers major investments in congestion-busting infrastructure for our cities and in ensuring the safety and efficiency of key links to and within regional Australia are improved for all road users, to a standard that supports the demands of our growing national economy.

“Thanks to strong budget and financial management, the Federal Government is able to deliver this $75 billion investment plan through projects big and small, throughout the nation.”

Terms of reference and further details about the review are available at: www.ntc.gov.au/heavy-vehicles/safety/review-of-the-heavy-vehicle-national-law/

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MIL-OSI Australia: Salamanca Arts Centre Upgrade

Source: Australian Minister for Regional Development

Media Release

MM016/2019

21 January 2019

The Liberal and Nationals Government has today committed $200,000 to upgrade the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard in Hobart.

The Salamanca Arts Centre has been a creative hub for southern Tasmania for more than 40 years providing venues for exhbitions, events, festivals, functions, parties and weddings.

Demand for use of the centre has increased dramatically over recent years and this investment will ensure that it remains a safe, stimulating and dynamic space that reflects the expectations of the local community.

This funding will go towards construction and installation of timber seating, outdoor tables and chairs for up to 60 people, six demountable/relocatable shade umbrellas, installation of a raised green space including pots and plants for the courtyard, upgrades to sound and light infrastructure for performances and video art, re-fitting of existing retail spaces and installation of site-specific artwork and interpretive signs.

This project will create a safe and enjoyable place for visitors to the region and the entire community, in particular the elderly, people living with a disibility, children and their families.

Investments such as this build stronger rural communities and make the regions an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

This project will also create jobs in the region, boost the local economy and help the community to thrive, prosper and grow.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Funding for water a goer for Nogoa irrigators

Source: Australian Minister for Regional Development

Media Release

MM014/2019

18 January 2019

Joint release with:

Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Senator for Queensland

Ken O’Dowd MP

Federal Member for Flynn

Central Queensland’s agricultural communities will benefit from more reliable access to water, with the Liberal & Nationals Government approving funding arrangements to modernise the Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Sheme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the major infrastructure project will deliver more reliable water, improved agricultural production and stronger regional communities in Central Queensland.

“The Australian and Queensland governments have agreed on the construction milestones and works will get underway in early 2019 to tackle the water transmission losses and inefficiencies that hinder the existing supply scheme,” Mr McCormack said.

“This project forms part of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s historic $1.3 billion investment under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, which will further enhance water security and unlock regional Australia’s huge social and economic potential.”

Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the scheme, which supplies around 15,000 hectares of irrigated land, would deliver up to an additional 6,460 megalitres of water once modernisation works are complete.

“Lining key sections of the Selma channel systems and installing new gauging stations and position monitoring weir gates will reduce water losses, while the additional flowmeters, data loggers and back-to-base communications on customer offtakes along the Nogoa and Mackenzie Rivers will better manage water delivery,” Mr O’Dowd said.

LNP Senator Matthew Canavan said the additional $500 million for water infrastructure projects the Liberal and Nationals Government had put on the table was a down payment on the future prosperity of regional Queensland.

“The key to unlocking wealth throughout North and Central Queensland is water,” Senator Canavan said.

“This project delivers on the Liberal & Nationals Government’s water infrastructure commitments under the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia and builds on other recent projects announced for Central Queensland.

“I now call on the Queensland Government to get serious about the Rookwood project outside Rockhampton, and to support other important water projects throughout the state, including the Pinnacles Dam, Urannah Dam and the Connors River project.”

The Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme is expected to support up to 46 direct jobs and a further 132 indirect jobs for the broader region, while also providing a major boost to local growers and the opportunity to move to higher value crops such as macadamias.

The $11.762 million project is jointly funded with the Liberal & Nationals’ Government committing $3.011 million through the $1.3 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and SunWater committing $8.751 million.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Andrew Gee appointed Assistant Minister

Source: Australian Minister for Regional Development

Media Release

MM014/2019

18 January 2019

Joint release with:

Andrew Gee MP

Federal Member for Calare

Experience in state and federal politics delivering for Central West communities will be drawn upon as Calare MP Andrew Gee joins The Nationals’ frontbench line-up as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Appointing Mr Gee as his Assistant Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said Mr Gee’s years of delivering for the New South Wales Central West will be an asset in the important infrastructure portfolio.

“Andrew has a passion for and dedication to his electorate and for country people which is infectious,” Mr McCormack said.

“He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and for Regional Roads in the NSW Liberal and Nationals’ Government before he came to represent Calare in Canberra, and that experience listening to country communities and sharing their ideas and aspirations will be central to Andrew’s new role.

“He fights to make sure families can afford to pay their bills and our strong economy is put to good use building capacity and productivity in the regions.

“Having worked with Andrew as we delivered the historic Murray-Darling Medical Schools network, I know when he is passionate about sticking up for country people and delivering local services and infrastructure, he is determined to deliver.

“That’s what I want him to do as an Assistant Minister in our portfolio, as we roll out record funding for local roads, local infrastructure projects and keep regional Australia—with country voices in the Ministry—at the centre of our agenda in Government.”

Mr Gee said he looks forward to the new challenge of the frontbench role.

“I believe in the future of country Australia. I am passionate about attracting jobs, opportunities and investment to the bush and am excited at the opportunity to serve on The Nationals’ frontbench in this new role.

“Michael and I worked very well together to make the Murray-Darling Medical Schools Network a reality and train more doctors for the bush and I think that we can continue to deliver even more great projects for country communities.

“I’m passionate about bridging the great divide between the cities and the bush not only in health services but also making sure that country communities get their fair share of jobs and funding for roads, transport, education and communications.

“The Central West is seeing the benefit of investment through decentralisation of the Regional Investment Corporation and many local roads and bridges being made safer around the region. I want to use my experience in delivering these and my passion for regional Australia across the nation.

“By investing in the services and infrastructure, we help get people home sooner and safer and make the regions a more attractive place for families and businesses to live, work and invest.

“That’s why the Liberals and Nationals delivering in Government is so important and why I am excited to get to work on this new role.”

Mr Gee will be sworn in as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister later this month.

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MIL-OSI Australia: New era for water infrastructure: applications open for $500 million in funding

Source: Australian Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Media Release

MM013/2019

18 January 2019

State and territory governments are urged to apply for a share of $500 million for new water infrastructure projects, which have the potential to transform regional communities and economies.

Applications will open on 21 January 2019 under the expanded capital component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Fund was expanded to co-invest in even more projects to further enhance water security and unlock regional Australia’s huge social and economic potential.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government knows water is our greatest resource and if our regions have access to more secure water supplies our towns can prosper and our agricultural industries can thrive,” Mr McCormack said.

“That is why this Government is investing in water infrastructure, heralding a new era for our regional communities and our regional economies.

“We are not afraid to put our regional communities first and deliver the water infrastructure they expect and deserve.

“It is now absolutely essential for state and territory governments to get on board to ensure these transformational projects can be delivered.”

The Liberal and Nationals Government’s investment under this Fund now totals more than $1.3 billion.

This investment can help state and territory governments and their project partners to deliver major water infrastructure projects which will increase water reliability and security for farmers, businesses and regional communities.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted continuously until all funds are committed.

Information, guidelines and related forms are available at infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/water-infrastructure/nwi-development-fund.

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MIL-OSI Australia: South Hobart Football scores $1 million goal

Source: Australian Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Media Release

MM012/2019

18 January 2019

The Liberal and Nationals’ Government has today committed $1 million to help fund facility upgrades for one of the oldest football clubs in Australia—The South Hobart Football Club.  

The club has grown significantly since it’s first game back in May 1910 and last year the club fielded 34 teams across a variety of ages competing in local and state-wide Premier League competitions.

This project will include the construction of a new multi-purpose pavillion to house a range of social activies, new facilities for home and visiting teams, all whilst making the amenities more female friendly. New dugouts would be created for the players, medical staff and coaches as well as the installation of match quality lighting to enable the grounds to be utlised for evening matches.  

Investments such as this build stronger rural communities and make the regions an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

This project will create jobs, boost the local economy and help the community to thrive, prosper and grow.

Source: Australian Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Media Release

MM012/2019

18 January 2019

The Liberal and Nationals’ Government has today committed $1 million to help fund facility upgrades for one of the oldest football clubs in Australia—The South Hobart Football Club.  

The club has grown significantly since it’s first game back in May 1910 and last year the club fielded 34 teams across a variety of ages competing in local and state-wide Premier League competitions.

This project will include the construction of a new multi-purpose pavillion to house a range of social activies, new facilities for home and visiting teams, all whilst making the amenities more female friendly. New dugouts would be created for the players, medical staff and coaches as well as the installation of match quality lighting to enable the grounds to be utlised for evening matches.  

Investments such as this build stronger rural communities and make the regions an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

This project will create jobs, boost the local economy and help the community to thrive, prosper and grow.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Works begin to replace old Lochaber Creek Bridge

Source: Australian Minister for Regional Development

Media Release

MM010/2019

18 January 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads
State Member for Miller

Ken O’Dowd MP

Federal Member for Flynn

Work to replace a 78-year-old bridge on the Burnett Highway near Eidsvold began last week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the timber Lochaber Creek Bridge will be demolished to make way for a stronger and wider concrete structure.

“This is a $9.7 million project, funded equally by the federal and state governments,” Mr McCormack said.

“The existing bridge has narrow traffic lanes and requires regular maintenance to keep it in safe, useable condition. The new bridge will be safer, more reliable and better suited to the vehicles types and traffic volumes using it.”

Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project, jointly funded by the Bridges Renewal Program, was a win for local motorists and freight operators.

“The Lochaber Creek Bridge project is a great example of what can be achieved when two levels of government work in partnership for the benefit of local communities,” Mr Bailey said.

“Not only will the project support up to 32 jobs in the region, it will also improve safety and connectivity for the freight operators who keep Queensland moving.

“Speed restrictions have been in place on the Burnett Highway at Lochaber Creek Bridge since July to reduce the impact of heavy vehicles on the structure but will return to 100km/h when the new bridge opens to traffic.”

Mr Bailey said during construction a temporary side-track diversion would be in place to keep the Burnett Highway moving.

“I want to thank the community and freight operators in advance for their patience and cooperation while this crucial bridge-building project is underway,” Mr Bailey said.

“For everybody’s safety, please slow down and follow the directions of work site crews.”

Doval Constructions will deliver the new Lochaber Creek Bridge with the worksite operational from 6am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday and expects the new bridge to open in mid-2019.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the works will also reduce the need for ongoing maintenance.

“As part of the project, we will realign and upgrade the Malmoe Road intersection, just north of the bridge, to provide better visibility when accessing the highway,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“We will also provide wider shoulders, so motorists can safely pass turning vehicles.”

For more information about the Bridges Renewal Program, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au > Bridges Renewal.

For more information about the project, contact the Bundaberg office on 1300 728 390 or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Landholders to share Inland Rail’s economic gains

Source: Australian Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Media Release

MM009/2019

17 January 2019

Joint release with:

Senator The Hon Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance and the Public Service

The Hon Mark Coulton MP

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Farmers and other landholders have an opportunity to share in the broader economic benefits of the Inland Rail’s construction, by supplying suitable materials direct from borrow pits and quarries.

Landowners located near the proposed Narromine to Narrabri segment of the Inland Rail line in Central West New South Wales are being encouraged to register their interest with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to supply suitable building materials such as rock, gravel and soil.

The ARTC will pay an extraction fee per tonne to local landholders for supplying the right materials – according to required quality specifications and subject to testing – and the ARTC will also rehabilitate the borrow pits and cover them with topsoil.

The locally supplied products will be used to build rail embankments as part of rolling-out the transformational and nation-building 1700 kilometre Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail project.

This initiative is being led by the ARTC and is supported by the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government, which is already delivering the $9.3 billion for the Inland Rail, to reduce freight costs for farmers and move product more efficiently into growing domestic and international markets.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack turned the first official sod to launch the Inland Rail’s construction at Parkes in Central- West New South Wales last December and welcomed the local supply initiative.

“It is estimated that the Narromine to Narrabri segment of the Inland Rail project will need to import in excess of 3 million cubic metres of fill material, or the equivalent of about 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” Mr McCormack said.

“This provides an excellent opportunity for local landholders to experience the shared benefits of the Inland Rail, even before the 1700km track is completed and carrying double-stacked trains to move more produce into domestic and international markets, at a lower freight cost.”

Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said this local supply opportunity was another example of the Inland Rail project delivering tangible economic benefits.

“Inland Rail will drive significant investment in regional communities through the creation of around 16,000 direct and indirect jobs and a $16 billion contribution to the national economy,” Senator Cormann said.

“Giving local landholders an opportunity to supply materials to build the Narromine to Narrabri segment of the Inland Rail line in Central West NSW is another example of the Liberal and Nationals Government delivering real economic outcomes, through this project.”

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Mark Coulton said the supply opportunity is a good news story for local landholders, offering a boost for economic growth in his electorate of
Parkes.

“As this section of the Inland Rail project progresses, local opportunities with shared economic benefits will become available,” Mr Coulton said.

“This will include tendering for plant and geotechnical equipment; mobile camps; concrete supply services; fencing; earthmoving; drainage; electrical works; concrete works; security; and water bore drilling.

“While others have talked about the Inland Rail for decades, the Liberal and Nationals Government is getting on with the job of delivering this nation-building infrastructure.”

Inland Rail Narromine to Narrabri Project Director Duncan Mitchell said materials will need testing to confirm their suitability for supply, which will require geotechnical work and appropriate permission from landowners.

“The ARTC will review all submissions and contact landowners to discuss the next steps and answer any questions related to investigations,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This is just the start of the kinds of opportunities people will see from Inland Rail in the area and we want as many people as possible to get in touch to let us know what they have.”

Local landholders can register their interest with the ARTC to supply materials – registrations are due to close on 28 January 2019.

The ideal location of borrow pits containing suitable general fill material must be within 25 kilometres of the Narromine to Narrabri study area.

Competent rock – which can be used to produce ballast rock – will also be considered, from sites located up to 50km from the study area.

To register interest for supplying materials from borrow pits and quarries for the Narromine to Narrabri segment of the Inland Rail line and for more information visit: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/n2n-borrow-pit-registration.

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