The Coalition Government will deliver $750,000 to upgrade the Buangor-Ben Nevis Road, Member for Wannon Dan Tehan announced today.

This project will see 4.7 kilometres of natural gravel road upgraded to 6.2 metre sealed road, improving conditions for local motorists and industries.

“The Buangor-Ben Nevis Road is one of strategic importance locally, linking our productive local wine, wool, grain producers and manufacturing to the Western Highway,” Mr Tehan said.

This project will trial road construction techniques through the use of higher cost bitumen binders and lower cost pavement and aggregate. They hope to see this deliver more cost-effective construction and superior road life span.

The Ararat Rural City Council is also contributing $750,000 toward the completion of this project.

“Any improvement in road construction from this technique will be very welcome. It will mean we can deliver more projects and better, safer roads with each dollar from the Australian taxpayer,” Mr Tehan said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project would make upgrades to make this local road safer and boost productivity.

“It will increase efficiency, productivity and improve the supply chain, which is so important for the local community who use this road every day,” Mr McCormack said.

By paying down debt and growing the economy, we can afford to deliver priorities for local communities.

This commitment comes on top of the $360 million in the Federal Budget for the Western Highway duplication from Ararat and Stawell, bringing the Australian Government’s funding to almost $860 million overall.

This announcement builds on the Coalition Government’s support for local roads through the $2.2 billion Local and State Government Road Safety Package to help address accident black spots and local road and bridge upgrades.

This package includes a 25 per cent increase in the Roads to Recovery allocations for local councils to maintain their roads.