$52.7 million road safety boost for South Australia

Thirteen new road safety projects spanning 570 kilometres will be fast-tracked across South Australia, thanks to a $52.7 million package to enable upgrades to be completed in the 2021–22 financial year.

The announcement builds on the $104.6 million in joint funding already announced under the Road Safety Program in January this year to support the accelerated delivery of 15 road safety projects in the state.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said one life lost on Australian roads is one too many, which is why the Australian Government has committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program.

“Our Government is committed to doing its part to keep people safe on our roads, whether it’s just a quick trip to the local shops or a longer journey to visit more distant friends and family,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The funding supports the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on rural and regional roads, and is another example of the Australian Government working to reduce the number of Australians missing around the dinner table due to tragedies on our roads.”

South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the projects involved a range of shovel-ready upgrades that could be delivered quickly, to help save lives sooner at targeted high-priority locations across the state.

“Upgrades include delivering much-needed road widening, shoulder sealing, new barriers, rumble strips to alert drivers they are moving out of their lane and wide centre line treatments on high-risk roads across the state,” Minister Wingard said.

“Our governments are working hand in hand to make our roads safer, while supporting employment in regional communities, with this second round of funding set to support around 570 jobs over the life of the program of works.”

Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said road safety was a key priority for the Australian Government and the Road Safety Program had so far provided just under $1.5 billion for crucial road safety improvements and shovel-ready construction activity nationwide.

“Making our roads safer is a critical component of our work to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads and move towards achieving vision zero – that is zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads by 2050,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

“We are unwavering in our continued investment in life-saving road safety initiatives, with this additional funding complementing the work of our Black Spot Program, Targeted Road Safety Works initiative and the Road Safety Innovation Fund.”

The Australian Government’s funding for the Road Safety Program is subject to ‘use it or lose it’ provisions and will deliver life-saving treatments on regional roads and protect vulnerable road users across South Australia, while also supporting local jobs and providing a welcome boost to local economies.

The ‘use it or lose it’ provisions require states and territories to use their notionally allocated funds within a timeframe, or the funds can be reallocated to projects in other jurisdictions.

For more information, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.

Media contacts:

Deputy Prime Minister – Sarah Holder 0460 306 892

Minister Wingard – Gemma Coombe 0415 175 716

Assistant Minister Buchholz – Scott O’Connell 0413 424 384