Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan has been talking up the Weatherill Labor Government’s spending on road safety infrastructure when in fact the Government has cut funding to this program.
The Government has promised $10 million per year which means they will spend $30 million over the next three years in the lead up to the 2018 election.
However, over the past three years the Government has spent $31.9 million on its shoulder sealing program, which means there will be a reduction of $1.9 million in funding for this program.
In the past, there have been dedicated shoulder sealing and tactile line marking programs, but in the 2015-16 Budget, these two programs have been coupled together with less funding overall provided.
“Given that SA’s road maintenance backlog is $1 billion, this cut to road safety funding is a slap in the face to motorists and South Australians deserve to be treated better,” said Shadow Road Safety Minister Corey Wingard.
“Road maintenance has become a very serious issue in metropolitan and regional areas alike.
“We have seen a number of tragic deaths on our roads this year, and last year, the number of fatalities was the highest in four years.
“Reducing the road maintenance backlog and improving road conditions must be a priority for this Government.
“Minister Mullighan must now explain why funding for this vital program has been cut.”