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

Construction starts on Strzelecki Track upgrade

Media Release


24 March 2015

Joint release with:

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Works on a $1.2 million Strzelecki Track upgrade have now commenced, delivering vital safety upgrades to the local road network near Lyndhurst in South Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project was part of the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme, which continues to deliver improved safety, economic and social outcomes across Australia.

“The Australian Government is providing $2.1 billion to local governments under the Roads to Recovery Programme from 2014–15 to 2018–19, which includes a doubled allocation of $350 million for the coming 2015–16 financial year,” Mr Truss said.

“It is an incredibly important programme in terms of maintaining and fixing local roads throughout Australia, especially in rural and remote areas.

“The Strzelecki Track in particular experiences regular road closures after even moderate rain, causing safety issues, and hindering business operations by cutting access from Lyndhurst to Innamincka and to the Moomba gas fields. I'm pleased to see these works getting underway to help fix those problems.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the upgrades included cement stabilisation and the installation of concrete culverts and floodways.

“This Strzelecki Track is the supply line to the Moomba gas fields which has provided the bulk of the Adelaide and Sydney market for many years. Importantly, the region is now experiencing strong growth as the possibilities of unconventional gas are revealed,” Mr Ramsey said.

“It was only a few years ago that the region was isolated by flood waters and the track turned to mud. Now it has experienced an extended dry period with the inevitable effects on the road.

“These upgrades are not of major nature, but will make a difference. The region will continue to grow as a gas producer and help underwrite SA's future and as such, will need a much larger investment in the medium term to cope with the load.

“I will be happy to work with both levels of government and the private sector to bring this about. It is absolutely necessary to invest in regional road infrastructure to help revitalise the state's economy.”  

The upgrade works are expected to finish in June 2015.