Small budget boost for region

GAIN: Roads were the main winner in the state budget released this week.
GAIN: Roads were the main winner in the state budget released this week.

More jobs, lower costs and better services: those are the promises of Rob Lucas' first budget as state treasurer in 16 years.

He said country South Australia could expect better health, aged care, education and emergency services.

"Our investment over the next four years will not only clean up the enormous financial mess left to us by Labor, but ensure families and businesses living and working in the country are supported with better infrastructure from hospitals and schools to better roads and recreational facilities," he said in a statement.

Port Lincoln will receive $20.5m over three years to upgrade the Port Lincoln wastewater treatment plant.

Roads in the region will also get a small boost with a $3.1 million allocation in 2018-19 for shoulder sealing on the Lincoln Highway from Tumby Bay to Port Lincoln and Whyalla to Cowell and the Birdseye Highway, from Cleve to the Lincoln Highway receiving $2.5 million in 2018-2019 for shoulder sealing.