EP misses out on $17m road funding

FUNDING: The Eyre Peninsula will miss out on funds from the state government's $17 million 'rural black spots upgrades.'
FUNDING: The Eyre Peninsula will miss out on funds from the state government's $17 million 'rural black spots upgrades.'

The Eyre Peninsula will not get any money from the state government’s $17 million Rural Road Safety Infrastructure Program, which targets rural ‘black spots’.

Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association president Sam Telfer said the decision was “disappointing”.

“We shouldn’t need to wait for accidents or fatalities in some of these spots to be included in funding streams.

“The state government should be proactive rather than reactive.”

Road safety minister Chris Picton said the state government was focused on reducing deaths and injuries on the roads and this investment played a critical role in achieving these goals.

He said the roads chosen for funding were based on crash statistics.

“Serious casualty crashes in the rural area are mostly single vehicle type crashes on high speed roads and through constant analysis of road crash statistics we are able to identify the priority locations for upgrade works,” Mr Picton said.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said he would fight to improve the quality of roads in the region and would commit to upgrades on the Tod Highway.

“It’s disappointing the state Labor government wasn’t able to commit any funding to the Eyre Peninsula.” Mr Treloar said.

Mr Treloar said if the Liberal party formed government it would divert 30 per cent of mining royalties into road and infrastructure in regional areas in its Royalties for Roads program.

He said the program, using numbers from projected mining royalties, would result in a “dedicated revenue stream” of $750 million over the next 10 years for regional road and infrastructure projects.

He said this would equate to a $75 million per year investment in regional roads.