Coalition Rescues South Australian Roads Left in Limbo by Labor

Media Release


16 December 2013

Joint release with:

The Hon Warren Truss MP

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs today announced the Australian Government will provide $85 million to fund a major South Australian project left unfunded by the previous Labor government.

The Coalition Government will provide, on budget, funding for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytatjara (APY) Lands project, which had been contingent on the failed mining tax under Labor.

The project will upgrade 21 kilometres of the APY Lands road network, as well as the main access road between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja.

“Since forming government the Coalition has been focused on cleaning up Labor's mess,” Mr Truss said.

“Despite the former Regional Investment Fund being bankrupt due to Labor's dud mining tax, the Coalition will now pick up the pieces and work with the state government to deliver these important projects.

“Today's announcement is another clear example of the Coalition's commitment to infrastructure and the priority we place on it as part of our plan to drive strong economic benefits for our major cities and regional areas.”

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said despite economic and fiscal challenges, the Coalition had a very significant platform of projects to get underway.

“The Australian Government recognises that delivering productivity enhancing transport infrastructure throughout South Australia is essential to the prosperity of both the state and national economies,” Mr Briggs said.

“This announcement is good news for the state and will help unlock the economic potential of the region. Guaranteed investment like this, clearly demonstrates our commitment to building the roads of the 21st century and growing the productive capacity of South Australia, without resorting to a mining tax that suffocates jobs growth and investment.

“The Coalition's commitment to this project is in addition to our existing South Australian election commitments including $500 million towards the Darlington Interchange upgrade and $16 million towards the Bald Hills Road interchange in Mount Barker.”