Thursday, 2 October 2014
Statements by Members
Boothby Electorate: Roads to Recovery
I have spoken often in this place about the importance of upgrading South Road into a non-stop, north-south corridor, allowing the 22 kilometres between Darlington and Wingfield to be available for commuters and heavy vehicles to have quicker transit times through Adelaide.
But just as important are the local roads. This is something that comes up regularly in the surveys that I conduct in my electorate so I am very pleased to see the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery program going ahead. Local governments will this week receive a letter advising them of their allocations under the Roads to Recovery program. Significantly, in the next financial year, 2015-16, there will be a doubling of the Roads to Recovery payment so we should see across Australia bulldozers and graders and important work happening on those local roads and a significant upgrade which will be welcomed by those communities.
In my own seat of Boothby, the Roads to Recovery allocation for different councils are: the City of Onkaparinga, over $10 million; the City of Marion, over $4 million; the City of Mitcham, $3.2 million; and the City of Holdfast Bay, $1.6 million. More funding is going to be coming. This is a government which is determined to be an infrastructure government and a Prime Minister who is determined to be an infrastructure Prime Minister.