$25 million South Australian Regional Roads Package
26 June 2015
The Australian Government will deliver an additional $25 million for South Australian regional roads to boost the economy, increase productivity, improve safety and create jobs.
The Regional Roads Package will be funded from unspent funds allocated to South Australia in the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Scheme.
The Australian Government has proposed to allocate the funds to the following road projects for regional South Australia:
- $9 million to complete the Penola Bypass;
- $6.9 million towards upgrades on the Sturt Highway;
- $4 million for new overtaking lanes on the Eyre Highway between Port Augusta and Whyalla;
- $3.1 million towards new overtaking lanes on the Augusta Highway;
- $800,000 to upgrade the Riddoch Highway and Wireless Road intersection in Mount Gambier;
- $800,000 for safety works on the Todd Highway on the Eyre Peninsula; and
- $400,000 for safety works on the Copper Coast Highway on the York Peninsula.
We are continuing to undertake productive discussions with the South Australian Government to deliver these projects as soon as possible with a state contribution.
Regional roads are big winners under the Australian Government's record $2 billion infrastructure investment in South Australia.
Today's announcement means there is now an additional $183 million for South Australian roads over the next four years, when you include funding under the new Bridges Renewal Programme, additional funding announced in the 2014–15 Budget for the Black Spot and the Roads to Recovery Programme, as well as the additional $89.75 million South Australian councils will receive as a result of re-introducing indexation on fuel excise.
The Australian Government is absolutely committed to delivering the infrastructure South Australia needs for the future and growing the South Australian economy.