Grassmere-Hexham Road $1.95m upgrade on track

Published on 12 December 2017

Grassmere-Hexham Road

A joint effort from Moyne Shire and the Federal Government will help make a key regional road safer and improve efficiency in an important beef and dairy area.

The $1.95 million Grassmere-Hexham Road project was visited on Monday by Member for Wannon Dan Tehan and Moyne Shire mayor Mick Wolfe.

The upgrade of 7.27 kilometres of road will widen the thoroughfare, which opens it up to improved access for b-double and other higher productivity vehicles.

The project is jointly funded by Moyne Shire, which has put in $975,000, and the Coalition Government, which has provided $975,000 from its Commonwealth Bridges Renewal Program and its Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program is an Australian Government initiative to fund infrastructure projects that improve productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia.

Mayor Mick Wolfe said the road was an important one for the region and its primary producers.

“This road services large beef cattle livestock operators and the dairy industry,” Cr Wolfe said.

“This project will achieve a significant improvement in road safety for all road users.  The project has been progressing very well, and is now up to approximately 70% complete – on time and on budget.

“Moyne Shire Council would like to thank Mr Tehan and the Coalition Government for supporting us in this important project.”

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the road project was about safety and productivity.

“This investment of $975,000 by the Coalition Government in the Grassmere-Hexham Road will make the road safer and increase the efficiency of heavy vehicle operations, supporting jobs and growth in other local industries,” Mr Tehan said.

“A strong freight industry supports jobs and growth in our industries which rely on heavy vehicle transport, and upgrades also provide flow-on safety benefits for all road users.”