State Government Ministers have toured the Limestone Coast to inspect government funded projects.
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Corey Wingard and Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham were in the region to look at roads and infrastructure.
Minister Wingard said for residents and visitors in the South East there was a “flurry of activity on a series of vital road upgrades and other important infrastructure projects”.
“To get South Australians where they need to go safer and quicker we’re investing $8.8b on road transport infrastructure, including a massive $2.8b to fix more than 4500km of our regional roads,” he said.
“We have also invested heavily in the regions sporting and recreational facilities because we know how important it is to get more South Australians more active.
“More than $2.7m has been invested in sporting facilities throughout MacKillop including $214,550 to upgrade and resurface courts at Naracoorte and District Sports Centre Naracoorte and $275,000 for Tintinara Oval and Rec Association to redevelop and upgrade existing facilities.”
Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed Mr Wingard’s visit.
“The Federal Government and South Australian Government are funding a $143m package which is delivered on an 80:20 basis – $114.4m from the Federal Government and $28.6m from the State Government,” Mr Pasin said.
“The package is focused on road safety outcomes for the South Australian rural and regional road transport network.”
The major projects include three overtaking lanes on the Riddoch Highway between Keith and Penola, and significant safety upgrades delivered under the $143m Rural Roads Package – Safety Package, including Clay Wells Road (Southern Ports Highway to Callendale).
These safety improvements are in support of the State Government’s commitment to raise the speed limit to 110kph on Clay Wells Road, Carpenter Rocks Road and Riddoch Highway, through the $70m Regional Roads Projects Safety Improvements Program.