Councils come together for better road infrastructure.

The district councils of Kimba, Cleve and Tumby Bay converged on Verran on Tuesday to celebrate the official opening of the latest road infrastructure upgrade, the Balumbah-Kinnaird Road.

The $12.52 million project required the three councils to combine efforts to seal 97.03 kilometres of road, an important arterial link spanning all three local government areas.

Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson said the opening was a significant occasion.

“To be able to declare the project officially completed speaks volumes about what can be achieved when councils work together for the benefit of the entire region, and not just within the boundary of their Local Government Area,” he said.

Cleve District Council chief executive officer Peter Arnold said the project had been on the council’s agenda for more than three decades.

“Given the importance of the road, the District Council of Cleve has been lobbying both levels of government for funding assistance to seal this road since the mid-1980s,” he said.

Tumby Bay mayor Sam Telfer said the road was an “important freight route” and its use would continue to grow.