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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

$25 million South Australian Regional Roads Package

Media Release

JB076/2015

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.