Setback for Bratten Way upgrades

COUNCIL: The Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council building in Cummins.
COUNCIL: The Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council building in Cummins.

The Bratten Way upgrades have faced another setback after the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council’s Special Local Road Program (SLRP) application was unsuccessful.

The director of works and infrastructure Alex Douglas said the Local Government Transport Advisory Panel (LGTAP) did not recommend the 10-year project, even though it was listed as the next highest priority.

Mr Douglas said the cement stabilisation and sealing works undertaken in the 2017/18 financial year were designed to accommodate at least three years of delay.

“Hopefully the delay is only for one year,” Mr Douglas said.

“The main aim of the recently completed work was to have the road fit-for-purpose for the 2018 harvest, and that has been achieved.”

The reason for the declined funding was that after last year’s allocation for the Mount Wedge to Kyancutta Road project, there was insufficient funds to begin the Bratten Way refurbishments.

The council’s acting chief executive officer, Leith Blacker said the council was disappointed, but that it would reapply  for  the SLRP funding in  the 2019/20 financial year.

The council also wrote to the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association to express their concerns with the suggestion that the LGTAP might be moving to a state wide assessment approach for the distribution of funding.

The council asked the panel to support their lobbying to ensure the continued distribution of the SLRP fund remained regionally-based. 

Mr Blacker said until the council could reapply for funding, it would continue to ensure the safety of road users.

“Council staff will continue to monitor and undertake appropriate remediation measures as required to ensure that the road remains in a suitable condition,” Mr Blacker said.

In 2004 the LGTAP was established to consider road funding and the allocation of funds from Regional local government associations (LGA) and metropolitan LGAs.

Councils liaise directly with the regional LGA’s to confirm timing and procedures for their funding application.

The LGTAP then consider submitted applications and propose an annual program of works across SA for allocation of funding from the SLRP.

In December 2017 the Federal government announced they would be giving an extra $40 million over the next two years directly to South Australia’s council to help with critical road upgrades.

The supplementary road funding program distributes the $40 million to every one of the state’s 68 Councils and five Aboriginal communities through the state government.