Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Coalition Rescues South Australian Roads Left in Limbo by Labor

Media Release

JB021/2013

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.”