Albanese chips in extra $10m for rest areas program


Federal Government bumps up investment in rest areas by extra $10 million under its Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program

September 18, 2012

The Federal Government will increase its investment in rest areas across the country, announcing an extra $10 million for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the extra funding takes total investment in roadside facilities to $220 million since the program started in 2008.

"I have also expanded eligible projects under this program to include rural and regional heavy vehicle infrastructure and demonstration projects to support safer practices across the sector," he says.

Albanese made the announcement during debate on an Opposition motion to disallow an increase of 2.4 cents per litre to the fuel excise.

The extra $10 million means the Government will now allocate $150 million from 2012-13 to 2018-19.

Funds will be allocated for projects across six categories, ranging from rest areas and parking bays, to technology trials, road upgrades, demonstration projects and initiatives aimed at the livestock transport sector.

The Government earlier this month called for governments and industry to submit proposals on projects they think should be funded.

The deadline for funding submissions from the trucking industry is September 30, while state and territory governments will have until October 31.


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