Delivering Safety and Productivity in Gre Gre

By Assistant Minister Brown – Mason Wright 0484 761 019 | Senator Stewart – Skye Griffiths (03) 9070 1920

27 November 2023

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Senator Jana Stewart
Labor Senator for Victoria

Senator The Hon Carol Brown
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport


In a significant development for the Gre Gre community, an upgrade the unsealed gravel road at
Carrols Bridge Road is set to reshape the area's transportation landscape.

The Albanese Labor Government will contribute $600,000 towards the project through the Heavy
Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

The project involves the upgrade of approximately 6km of unsealed gravel road, featuring increased
width and gravel shoulders, an intersection widening at Carrols Bridge Road, and essential drainage

The project will create an 11km sealed link for local businesses and farmers and will strengthen road
resilience during floods, reduce vehicular wear and tear, and decrease the risk of accidents. It will also
serve the interests of local agricultural enterprises and tourists.

This strategic improvement promises to enhance accessibility, safety, and convenience for local
residents and businesses alike.

The Albanese Labor Government provides $65 million per year towards the Heavy Vehicle Safety
and Productivity Program which is designed to increase safety outcomes and productivity for heavy
vehicle operations across Australia’s regions.

This funding is in addition to the Government’s $140 million commitment over 10 years for projects
to build and upgrade heavy vehicle rest areas across the country.

For more information on the HVSPP, visit:


Quotes attributable to Senator for Victoria, Jana Stewart:

"As we pave the way in Gre Gre, this road project represents a turning point in our community's
growth. We're building not just roads but the foundations of connectivity, accessibility, and progress
for our community."

“The construction of this new road segment is not just about connectivity; it's about safer pathways
for regional communities in Victoria’s northwest."

“There’s no denying trucking is the deadliest job in Australia. By enhancing road infrastructure,
we're ensuring that safety remains a top priority for motorists and transport workers along Carrols
Bridge Road."


Quotes attributable to Senator Carol Brown, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport:


"This road project responds to the growing demands of the local community, focusing on improving
road infrastructure to accommodate increased traffic volumes and heavier vehicles."


"Investing in our roads heavily utilized by large vehicles has taken on newfound significance,
particularly as many of our communities contend with persistent flooding and increasingly
constrained supply chains."

"The impact of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program on both motorists and the industry
is substantial, as it reduces travel distances and revitalizes aging infrastructure. I eagerly anticipate
the positive outcomes resulting from these recent projects."