A NUMBER of roads on the Eyre Peninsula could be upgraded if a state Liberal government is elected in March 2018.
State Liberal leader Steven Marshall, with support from Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, is promising to create a Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund (RRIF) to increase funding for regional road upgrades using 30 per cent of mining royalty revenue.
The RRIF will deliver $750 million for critical regional roads and infrastructure upgrades over the next ten years based on projected royalty revenue.
Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said he welcomed the state government’s announcement as the local community had been calling for additional investment in critical regional road infrastructure.
“There are a number of roads on the Eyre Peninsula and the West Coast that are in desperate need of being upgraded, such as parts of the Tod Highway, Flinders Highway, and Lincoln Highway,” Mr Treloar said.
“Thousands of locals use our regional roads every day to get to work or to access necessary health and education services.”
Mr Treloar said the highways were critical in providing access routes for vital freight services, including the carting of grain during busy harvest periods.
He said the fund could deliver much needed upgrades to Eyre Peninsula roads making travelling safer for all road users.
“That’s why this announcement is great news for those living on the EP and West Coast.”
“By upgrading country roads would make the community safer and cut the time spent travelling on our roads,” Mr Treloar said.
Mr Marshall said the increase in funding for regional road upgrades would also include infrastructure upgrades for mobile phone towers to address blackspots, grow the economy and create much needed jobs.
“Anyone who has travelled around our state will know that many of our major regional roads just aren’t up to scratch,” Mr Marshall said.