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MEDIA RELEASE - Works due to commence on Condah-Hotspur Road

4 November 2015

Works are due to begin on the region’s busiest timber road in a bid to boost productivity and improve economic efficiencies.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the investment of almost $2.5 million of Commonwealth funding in this road infrastructure would ensure the Glenelg region’s timber industry continued to flourish.

“Currently the Condah-Hotspur Road has narrow seal and shoulders that fail under heavy vehicle loads, particularly during the winter months. The Crawford River Bridge is only five metres wide which does not allow for two-way passing for B-Doubles,” Mr Tehan said.

“This project will provide efficient year-round access to the Myamyn wood chip mill and onto the Port of Portland for export.

“The Federal Government recognises the important economic impact this timber industry is providing to the nation’s economy.”

Glenelg Shire Mayor Max Oberlander said the $5.2 million Condah-Hotspur Road project would widen and strengthen 14km of road pavement, significantly improving wood-flow to the Port of Portland.

The works, to be completed by Portland based Mibus Bros, cover the entirety of the road stretch, from the junction of the Hotspur-Grassdale Road to the meeting of the Condah Hotspur Lower Road.

Crews will also upgrade the Crawford River Bridge to enable two-way heavy vehicle movement.

Cr Oberlander said the road had been struggling to cope with 24,000 annual truck movements, in addition to school buses and local road users.

He said these upgrades would reduce travel times, improve wood-flow productivity whilst improving safety for road users.

“Glenelg Shire is the world capital of woodchip production and this project will ensure this productivity continues to grow, securing more local jobs and strengthening our local economy,” Cr Oberlander said.

“Wood laden trucks currently travel an extra 33 kilometres on the highway route, via the Princes and Henty highways, to ensure product arrives to the local woodchip mill and port for export.

“This road project will provide a direct and faster route, thereby cutting costs, improving access and efficiency whilst ensuring safety for all road users.”

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