State Liberals help secure road funding boost

The State Liberals have welcomed the reintroduction of the $40 million supplementary local road funding program in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

The $40 million program was reintroduced this week after extensive lobbying from State and Federal Liberal MPs who opposed the program being cut in the 2014-15 Federal Budget.

Local Councils in SA are responsible for the management of 11 per cent of the country’s local road network.

“My team and I have lobbied strongly to have this funding reinstated and I would like to thank the Turnbull Government for making this important contribution to SA,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“This announcement will see road funding flow through to local Councils to ensure that the regions get the upgraded local roads they deserve.

“Upgraded and well-maintained local roads are critical to the productivity of regional SA, and improve the safety of the local road network maintained by local Councils.

“This investment in local roads is welcome news for regional communities across the state, as local Councils are responsible for managing roads which don’t fall under the auspices of the State Government.

“Better roads means improved productivity and ease of freight movement, which leads to more investment and jobs for regional South Australia.

“Having this funding reinstated is a credit to the State and Federal Liberal MPs who have fought for extra road funding in SA.”