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Old October 20th, 2013, 04:10 AM   #901
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Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party

Website: http://www.australianmotoringenthusi...rg.au/policies

Party Values: http://www.australianmotoringenthusi...au/core_values

News: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politi...010-2v9om.html

It is confirmed after the completion of counting for the Senate that the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party picked up a Senate seat in Victoria, about four months after the formation of the party. Their new Senator, Ricky Muir, is from Gippsland, east of Melbourne.

AMEP have a set of policies around motoring based issues such as road safety, road quality, driver education, vehicle modifications, off road vehicles, road rule harmony and environment. The party says it will judge legislation based upon its core values.

Within the few weeks, AMEP have agreed to form a voting bloc in the new Senate with the Palmer United Party (PUP). The PUP also has come from nowhere to have three new senators, representing Western Australia, Tasmania and a former rugby player in Queensland. PUP’s eccentric founder, the mining tycoon Clive Palmer, is also on track to win a seat on the Sunshine Coast; although the result was so close that the votes have to be recounted and is not yet finalised.

The new Senate commences July 1, 2014.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 04:14 AM   #902
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More national projects, on the drawing board.

The Bruce Highway Upgrade, Queensland

The Bruce Highway often gets a lot of attention from the Australian government for its potential to unlock northern Australia for large scale national development. The 1700km links Brisbane and Cairns and is all within the state Queensland. One of the main goals of the upgrade is to make northern Queensland less isolated when it is hit by cyclones and floods. Most of the projects for this highway are based on:
• Flood mitigation measures
• Improving highway alignment over a range
• New bypasses of regional cities: Townsville, Mackay
• Upgrading the highway to dual carriageway standard on northern or southern approaches to cities: Cairns, Rockhampton
• Upgrading and widening the existing motorway, mainly between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast
• Cooroy to Curra –upgrading about 70km of existing two way road to dual carriageway


The Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Railway

Although this project is not a road project, it has ramifications for its road based modal competitor, the Newell Highway. The railway itself, envisaged for freight – not passenger, is on planning stages and completion still not due for another 10-15 years; the plan is to utilise as much of the existing national railway network as possible and build new rail in the gaps. The alignment follows the Newell in parts and passes through towns such as Albury, Cootamundra, Parkes, Narromine, Dubbo, Moree, North Star and Toowoomba. The inland railway forms part of a longer term vision to build an inland railway from Melbourne to Darwin with branches running off to major port towns such Brisbane, Gladstone and Bowen.
The implication for the Newell Highway is the reduced need for upgrades due to a shift of interstate line haul to the railway. Today there is hardly need for many significant highway upgrades between Shepparton and Toowoomba, one would imagine this situation to be maintained for many years to come. This is the whole highway between Melbourne and Brisbane except about 150km at each end. Any upgrading of the highway would see resealing, safety upgrades and more overtaking opportunities, but unlikely dual carriageways.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 05:24 AM   #903
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The North-South Corridor, Adelaide, South Australia

Website: http://infrastructure.sa.gov.au/south_road_upgrade

The North-South corridor is a major component of the greater Adelaide road network – it’s spine. It provides connections in the north to the highways that lead to Sydney (Sturt Hwy, Barrier Hwy), Perth and Darwin (Princes Hwy) and in the south towards destinations such as Victor Harbour and Kangaroo Island which hold state significance. Although there is no direct connection from the corridor to the Melbourne highway, a 10km upgrade of Cross Road, in the south of the city, can do the trick.
The corridor is made of 5 components:
• The Northern Expressway (completed in 2010)
• Northern Connector (planning)
• The Superway (under construction, complete by end 2013)
• South Road (planning)
• Southern Expressway (duplication construction underway, complete in 2014)

The South Road section is made of several smaller projects. The South Australian Government funded the Anzac Hwy Bridge project and grade separation of the Glenelg tramline, opened in 2009.

The next project that the State Government is keen on is the Torrens-to-Torrens section, northwest of the cbd. This 3.7km section is between Torrens Road and the river Torrens and includes lower level expressway, surface level intersectional road, grade sep with Port Adelaide railway. The Feds are not as keen on this project as yet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=7Z6MMz-buN4

Instead the Feds are keen on the upgrade in the Darlington area contained in the Darlington Transport Study, but not the railway extension. (see Chris’ post #847)

The Northern Connector is the planned missing link between the top of South Road and the start of the Northern Expressway and is an integrated road/rail project. The rail component is a new 31km track for freight trains plus interstate passenger services. The road will be 15km, 6 lane freeway, sign posted 110km/hr, and built on an embankment to protect against any flooding on the city’s northern plains. The project currently has no construction timeline and is unfunded.
http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/northern_connector
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Old October 20th, 2013, 08:23 AM   #904
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Drive : Mascot - Helensburg HD

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Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party

Website: http://www.australianmotoringenthusi...rg.au/policies

Party Values: http://www.australianmotoringenthusi...au/core_values

News: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politi...010-2v9om.html

It is confirmed after the completion of counting for the Senate that the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party picked up a Senate seat in Victoria, about four months after the formation of the party. Their new Senator, Ricky Muir, is from Gippsland, east of Melbourne.

AMEP have a set of policies around motoring based issues such as road safety, road quality, driver education, vehicle modifications, off road vehicles, road rule harmony and environment. The party says it will judge legislation based upon its core values.

Within the few weeks, AMEP have agreed to form a voting bloc in the new Senate with the Palmer United Party (PUP). The PUP also has come from nowhere to have three new senators, representing Western Australia, Tasmania and a former rugby player in Queensland. PUP’s eccentric founder, the mining tycoon Clive Palmer, is also on track to win a seat on the Sunshine Coast; although the result was so close that the votes have to be recounted and is not yet finalised.

The new Senate commences July 1, 2014.
Interestingly:
Aside from AMEP, there's also the Australian Motorists Party

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Motorist_Party

So two different entities......
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA ROAD TRIP

Earlier this year I did a road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide and back; I did not use the most direct route, which is the Western /Duke Hwys; instead drove inland via Mildura and returned along the coast, via Mount Gambier. I took photos on some parts of the trip, but not all parts.
As I live just north of Melbourne, my route (blue line) took me via towns such as Bendigo, Kerang, Swan Hill, Robinvale, Mildura (stop for the night); Renmark, Adelaide. On the return journey (red line): via Murray Bridge, Kingston, Mt Gambier (stop for the night), Port Fairy, around Geelong to Melbourne.

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For much of the up trip, the landscape was bush and scrub, for miles and miles.

MURRAY VALLEY HIGHWAY (B400)
The Murray Valley Hwy follows the Murray River on its south side and forms the northern side of Victoria’s road network. The highway starts in Corryong in the mountains and where the Murray River starts but I joined the road near Kerang, and followed it to its end at Robinvale (about 200km), where it crosses the river into NSW sand meets the Sturt Hwy.



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STURT HIGHWAY NSW (A20)
The Sturt Hwy is the national highway between Sydney and Adelaide but it cuts into Victoria in the north west of the state. Between Robinvale and Mildura (about 80km), however, we are in the south west part of New South Wales. Driving west, as soon as the Sturt crosses the Murray we arrive in Mildura.

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STURT HWY VIC / SA (A20)

Tracking west from Mildura we stay in Victoria for an hour and a half then cross into South Australia and arrive soon in Renmark. The Dunlop tyre signals the quarantine station when arriving into SA. From Renmark, I follow the highway through the Riverlands, across some plains, over the hills, into Adelaide.









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PRINCES HWY, SA (B1)
On the way home, the coastal highway diverts from the direct highway at Tailem Bend (100km from Adelaide) and treks south. The next 200km to Kingston has some beautiful scenery and wildlife available but I drove on the wrong day. Cold fronts that sweep across Victoria usually come from the sea and hit land along the Coorong. Blustery winds and drizzly rain made the drive a little miserable. The Coorong itself is one long lake (200km) separated from the sea by the Young Husband Peninsula, about 1km wide.
After Kingston, a windswept town known for its Big Lobster, the highway travels inland to Millicent, then to Mt Gambier. The Kingston-Millicent section was especially quiet for a weekend afternoon with hardly other vehicles to be seen; although this section has a coastal scenic route alternative. The Southern Ports Hwy (B101) takes the leisurely traveller to the nice seaside town of Robe.








PRINCES HWY (A1)

Mt Gambier is the biggest centre in the south east corner of SA and is known for its blue lake and underground caves. Around Mt Gambier, there are forestry plantations and once cross back into Victoria and heading east, much of the landscape is dairy farming. I find much of the Princes Hwy in western Victoria uninteresting and the road in some parts of poor quality.
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A1 Pacific Highway, NSW

Woolgoolga bypass to open soon

The Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade is being progressively opened to traffic, with the 10km Woolgoolga bypass section nearing completion.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the overall upgrade project was progressing as a result of drier weather in the past four months.

“An opening date for the Woolgoolga bypass will be announced soon,” the spokesperson said.

“The 10 kilometre dual-carriageway bypass deviates from the existing highway near Graham Drive north at South Woolgoolga, passes to the west of Woolgoolga and rejoins the Pacific Highway near Arrawarra Beach Road at Arrawarra.

“The Woolgoolga bypass is a key part of the jointly funded $850 million Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade. “Part of the southern interchange of the Woolgoolga bypass will open to local traffic on Saturday 23 November.
Full press release: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/news/rms/n...soon_open.html
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BRISBANE

Also have some snaps of freeways around Brisbane.

Bowen Hills Interchange

I was able to take these by foot.







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The Houghton Highway Bridge is a twin set of causeway in the north east suburbs of Brisbane and crosses over the mouth of Pine River and Hays Inlet. It links Redcliffe with the Gateway Arterial near Sandgate.



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From the airport train on a less than ideal day, I could get these snaps of the interchange Southern Cross Way / Airport Drive / East West Arterial at the entrance to Brisbane Airport.





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Pacific Motorway (M3) links Brisbane City Centre down to the Gold Coast, taken from Vulture St, Wooloongabba.



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Pacific Mwy taken from Victoria Bridge, beside the City Centre.



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In and around the Brisbane cbd.





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Some pics taken in southwest W.A.

Perth















Indian Ocean Drive (north of Perth) SR60







SR2/ National 1( south of Perth)
The first 2 pics show one direction of a divided highway. The other direction is often 20-30 metres seperated





Other random pics in the southwest








Bussel Highway, Busselton
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Hunter Expressway under construction.
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The Hunter Expressway Stage 2 Through the Sugarloaf Range by Engineers Australia, on Flickr
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