Nov 29, 2021 | Media Releases 2021


Locals are invited to have their say on the first six-kilometre section of the Princes Highway upgrade between Jervis Bay Road and Sussex Inlet Road to help progress a safer, more reliable journey for all motorists.

This section of the Princes Highway, between Jervis Bay Road and Hawken Road, is the highest priority for upgrade in the proposed Jervis Bay to Sussex Inlet Road program. The Australian Government is contributing $400 million towards this $500 million program, with the New South Wales Government committing $100 million.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said this forms broader $1.9 billion Princes Highway Upgrade program that is being funded by the Australian and NSW governments to improve this key corridor.

“This joint investment towards improvements along the Princes Highway in New South Wales will unlock benefits for local communities, freight and tourism, delivering safer, more reliable and efficient trips,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said community feedback would help shape plans for the upgrade to ensure shovels hit the ground as soon as possible.

“We know that the upgrade of the whole 20-kilometre section of the Princes Highway between Jervis Bay Road and Sussex Inlet Road is a priority for the community, but we are taking it section by section,” Mr Toole said.

“We’ve confirmed that Stage 1 will follow the strategic corridor we displayed late last year so now we’re pushing ahead with consultation and environmental studies to minimise impacts and finalise the location and features of this priority section.”

Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said involving the local community in the process made sense.

“Undertaking a consultation process on the Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road program is important, because it helps us deliver a better quality of road, and just as importantly – it demonstrates that we respect the views of people in the local community,” Senator Davey said.

State Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said the NSW Government is taking the time to listen to locals to ensure they get the upgrades that meet their needs now and into the future.

“The proposed upgrade will address safety concerns, improve traffic and freight efficiency and build on the planned Jervis Bay Road and Princes Highway intersection upgrade project to the north,” Mrs Hancock said.

“There are key areas where the community is encouraged to share their views, such as public and active transport options and how the highway upgrade can support the social and economic activity of the surrounding area.”

Feedback will be considered as part of the concept design and environmental assessment for the highway upgrade between Jervis Bay Road and Hawken Road.

Community feedback is invited until Sunday, 5 December 2021.

A feedback survey is available online at http://nswroads.work/jbr2hr.