An extensive consultation process has begun to work out how to spend the state and federal funding committed to improve the region's road network to cope with increased truck traffic after rail freight ended in May.
The consultation with stakeholders including councils and industry will more than likely identify far more areas for improvement than there is money available but at least the work will be able to be prioritised and hopefully further deficiencies can be addressed if more money becomes available down the track.
The region's councils are certainly among the best placed to identify what work is needed and where, however there are many people in the wider Lower Eyre Peninsula community with experience and ideas to contribute to the process so Member for Flinders Peter Treloar's role contributing feedback from constituents to the consultation process will be an important one.
This week's update on progress, from Mr Treloar, pictured, follows concerns raised by the South Australian Freight Council earlier this month that none of the work itself was budgeted to happen until at least 2022-23.
It is good to hear there is progress being made behind the scenes even if the actual work is still a long way off.
Ag Town of the Year
Congratulations to Port Lincoln and Cummins on their nominations for the SA Ag Town of the Year award.
Eyre Peninsula was well represented on the list of 43 nominees, with Cleve, Kimba, Cowell, Wudinna and Minnipa all in the running.
Agriculture is a big part of the Eyre Peninsula economy and the region contributes significantly at a state level, producing about 40 per cent of the state's wheat crop and around a quarter of the state's barley and canola, not to mention high quality lamb, beef and pork so it would be fitting to see one of the region's towns receive the honour.