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Circulated to key personnel within all State Departments of Road and Infrastructure throughout Australia including their Regional Directors and Metropolitan Project Directors

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  • ACN 132 670 261 ABN 52 132 670 261

    VOL. 4 NO. 17 - September 2012 PRINT POST NO. PP424022/2324 ALL ENQUIRIES PHONE: (07) 5478 9432 EMAIL ENQUIRIES: admin@amrcn.com.au www.amrcn.com.au

    Circulated to key personnel within all State Departments of Road and Infrastructure throughout Australia including their Regional Directors and Metropolitan Project Directors including their top personnel throughout their State. Key Civil Engineering personnel from all

    Australian Road Civil Engineering companies. Key Road Personnel within every Australian Local Government Council each issue

    ACE EXPO COMES TO QLDSpecial Feature - Pages 4-7

    2012 AUSTSTAB AWARD WINNERS

    Road Stabilisation Feature - Pages 8-18

  • Publisher:AUSTRALIAN MAIN ROADS CONSTRUCTION NEWS PTY LTD

    ACN 132 670 261 ABN 52 132 670 261Publisher: Tom CookFor All General Enquiries - (07) 5478 9432 Email: admin@amrcn.com.au

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    Circulated to key personnel within all State Departments of Road and Infrastructure throughout Australia including their Regional Directors and Metropolitan Project Directors

    including their top personnel throughout their State. Key Civil Engineering personnel from all Australian Road Civil Engineering companies. Key Road Personnel within every

    Australian Local Government Council each issue

    EditorialContributions

    Civil Engineering, Local Government Councils including all State Road Authorities are invited to submit editorial, photo input on any intermediate or major road infrastructure projects that they are involved with or are nearing completion, to appear in a future issue of the Australian Main Roads Construction News, free of charge to allow and inform our national readership of the many diverse road infrastructure projects currently being undertaken throughout Australia.

    In the fi rst instance, please contact the publisher,

    Tom Cook for further details on: (07) 5478 9432

    or email: admin@amrcn.com.au

    Web: www.amrcn.com.au

    In this issue: Federal Updates on Road

    Infrastructure Projects New Hunter Expressway: 20 Year

    Vision Continues to Take Shape Page 3

    Australian Construction Equipment Expo Feature

    Construction Equipment Expo set to deliver platform to inspire, educate and inform

    Pages 4-7

    AustStab Road Stabilisation Feature

    Pages 8-18

    Federal Updates on Road Infrastructure Projects

    $18.5M Monaro Highway Duplication in Fyshwick Opens to Traffi c

    Page 19

    Equipment Review - PAVERS Feature Pages - 20-24

    Road and Street Sweeping Feature

    Pages 25-27

    Federal Updates on Road Infrastructure Projects

    Tunnelling Starts on Legacy Way Page 28

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    MORE than thirty threatened species including ospreys, koalas, yellowbellied gliders and threatened bat and frog species have had their habitat guaranteed in the South Moonee Forest at Moonee Beach.

    Approximately 100 hectares of land in South Moonee Forest at Moonee Beach, 10 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, have been purchased as part of the Pacifi c Highway Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade.

    Duty Senator for Cowper, Matt Thistlethwaite, said the South Moonee Forest area would be benefi cial to the community as the area would be protected from future developmen

    An additional aerial-rope fauna crossing linking the forest area to vegetated areas to the west of the upgraded highway will also be provided as part of the biodiversity offset package, the Senator said.

    This will help connect natural habitats for threatened glider species which have been recorded in the area.

    South Moonee Forest will be a key part of the biodiversity package to offset the direct and indirect impacts of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade, he said.

    Coffs Harbour MP, Andrew Fraser, said the Minister for Plannings Condition of Approval for the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade required RMS to provide approximately 100 hectares of native vegetation to meet its biodiversity offset requirements.

    Roads and Maritime Services had been working closely with the Environment Protection Authority, the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) and Coffs Harbour City Council during the purchase process.

    It is likely the area will be transferred to NPWS to form part of the Coffs Coast Regional Park to ensure conservation values of the area are maintained going forward, said Mr Fraser.

    The Federal Labor Government has committed $632 million to the $705 million Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade and the NSW Government has committed $73 million.

    Sapphire to Woolgoolga Offset Project

    Above: Deputy Senator for Cowper Matt Thistlethwaite

    Above: Coffs Harbour MP, Andrew Fraser

  • RECENTLY I joined Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon onsite to inspect progress on the construction of the $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway and had the privilege of being one of the fi rst people to walk across the highest of eight bridges being erected as part of the new roads Newcastle Interchange.

    New Hunter Expressway: 20 Year Vision Continues to Take Shape

    Federal Updates on Road Infrastructure Projects from the Office of Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese

    Above: Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese

    Almost two years to the day since work started on this massive road project and Im pleased to report that despite the engineering challenges involved it is running on time and on budget.

    When it comes to infrastructure, Federal Labor means and does what it says.

    Indeed, the progress thats been made in a relatively short period of time is a tribute to the expertise and dedication of the contractors and their workers and there is no better example of the challenges they have had to confront than the bridge I walked over today.

    Stretching 155 metres across the F3 and erected using a technique called incremental launching, each of the bridges eight segments were pushed into place by 800 tonne hydraulic jacks. This process began back in April and has only just been completed.

    Once completed in 2013, the new Expressway will cut travel times between Newcastle and Branxton by half an hour and take up to 30,000 vehicles a day off the New England Highway and away from the towns of Thornton, Maitland and Rutherford.

    It will also stand as a lasting legacy of our highly successful Economic Stimulus Plan.

    But importantly, this project is only one part of the unprecedented investment Federal Labor has made in the Hunter since coming to offi ce in late 2007. We have also undertaken the most extensive upgrade of the regions rail network in generations.

    For almost two centuries this region has played a major role in Australias extraordinary transformation from a colonial outpost to a modern, prosperous society and with proper long term planning and the right support from government theres no reason why its role in our countrys future cant be just as signifi cant.

    All up, infrastructure investment in NSW has more than doubled under Federal Labor from $132 to $265 per person. Were providing a record $11.6 billion or a third of our current Nation Building Program to renew the States road and rail infrastructure.

    Photos show progress on the construction of the $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway

    PLANNING for the Tenterfi eld Heavy Vehicle Bypass and an upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill has kicked off with the study areas for both projects released for the fi rst time to the public.

    The release of the study areas is part of the planning process which will help us determine a proposed route, costings and realistic construction timetables for both projects.

    Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese said extensive community consultation will occur as planning work progresses.

    The commencement of this planning work is good news for the community, who have been eager to see the progression of both projects, Mr Albanese said.

    For the fi rst time, the community will be able to view the proposed locations of both projects and provide their feedback on preferred routes.

    Both projects will improve safety, ease congestion and reduce travel times for the travelling public, NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said.

    A bypass would take up to 600 trucks and thousands of cars a day off the local streets of Tenterfi eld and deliver safer driving conditions and shorter travel times for all motorists that use this section of highway.

    Further south of Tenterfi eld the section of highway around Bolivia Hill has a poor safety record. An upgrade would improve road safety, reduce travel times and ease congestion.

    The Federal Labor Government is providing $6 million to fully fund both these studies und

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