Weatherill Labor Government must keep its promise to fund upgrades to Eyre Highway near Whyalla

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to support the Whyalla community by fulfilling its commitment to upgrade the Eyre Highway near Whyalla. 

In June last year, the Federal Government committed to upgrading a number of roads in regional South Australia, including $4 million for passing lanes between Whyalla and Port Augusta.

The funds were contingent upon a 20 per cent contribution from the State Government, however, the State Government has not yet delivered any funds to these projects.

“The Whyalla community has been calling for passing lanes on the highway for a long time and it is important that this project is not delayed any longer,” said Shadow Minister for Regional Development Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

“The Weatherill Labor Government said months ago it would provide its share of funding to this project, but has not done so.

“Unfortunately, several people have already died on this stretch of the road and the State Government must make good on its promise immediately.

“Local CFS have told me that when similar passing lanes were constructed on the highway between Port Pirie and Port Augusta there was a 60 per cent reduction in callouts to motor vehicle accidents in the area.

“This upgrade between Whyalla and Port Augusta is sorely needed to improve road safety and provide support for Whyalla in general.”