$5M Commitment to Improve Road Safety near Borneo Barracks
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
A re-elected Liberal Nationals Government would commit $5 million towards major improvements along the New England Highway at the entrance to Borneo Barracks, Cabarlah to improve safety and traffic flow.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the installation of new turning lanes on the New England Highway would improve safety for vehicles entering and exiting Borneo Barracks and other motorists along the route.
“Borneo Barracks is building a new squadron around the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV). These armoured vehicles are extremely high-tech; however at 12.5 tonnes and over 7 metres long, they do take some time to integrate into the fast moving traffic on the New England Highway,” he said.
“This stretch of the New England Highway in particular is seeing significantly increasing traffic flows and passing tourist traffic; and given the often foggy and wet conditions in the area, the establishment of new turning lanes along the Highway is important for the safety of defence personnel and all other motorists using the road.”
Dr McVeigh said the PMVs often travel as a fleet so the improvement works would include additional lanes in both directions from the entrance to the barracks.
“We expect that a lengthened turn-in and turnout lane in front of the barracks on the western side of the highway up to 500m each side of the front gate for a fleet travelling together in a northern direction; and a widening of the highway on the eastern side to accommodate a similar length protected central lane for a similar fleet size travelling in a southerly direction,” he said.
Dr McVeigh said the defence base at Cabarlah was a vital part of the region’s economy and social fabric.
“We have a very proud military history in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs and the important work of defence personnel at Borneo Barracks has been a key part of our region’s strong defence presence since the inception of the 7th Signal Regiment at Cabarlah in 1948.
“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting our defence personnel and the ongoing activities at Borneo Barracks now and into the future.”
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