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

Upgrades for critical road links in outback South Australia

Media Release

BJ003/2017

17 January 2018

Joint release with:

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

  • Resurfacing works start on the Oodnadatta Track and Kempe Road, improving safety and reliability
  • $3 million project fully funded by the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery program

Work is starting on a $3 million upgrade of 30 kilometres of the Oodnadatta Track and 25 kilometres of Kempe Road in outback South Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the upgrades would boost driver safety and create fresh economic and social benefits for people who regularly use the roads, including local pastoralists, truckies and tourists.

“As well as being a heritage tourist corridor, the Oodnadatta Track is a vital freight and cattle transport route that makes a significant contribution to the national economy,” Mr Joyce said.

“The Turnbull-Joyce Government is fully funding this project, and hundreds of others across the nation under our $4.4 billion Roads to Recovery Program.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said roads were economic lifelines for towns like Oodnadatta and their surrounding regions.

“These works will involve resurfacing the road surface and upgrading drainage, which will reduce the frequency of road closures and improve safety for drivers,” Mr Ramsey said.

“I'm really pleased to see this $3 million investment in some of our remote roads. The works will also support 10 full-time equivalent jobs during construction.”

Works will be carried out on a 30 kilometre section of the Track between William Creek and Oodnadatta and a 25 kilometre section of Kempe Road between Oodnadatta and Coober Pedy.

The road will remain open to traffic, with speed restrictions in place while workers are on site. Works will be carried out between 7am and 6:30pm on weekdays and weekends over 21 day blocks, with seven day breaks until completed.

The upgrades are expected to be completed in August 2018, weather permitting.