More Funding For South Australia Under Auslink
|JOINT MEDIA RELEASE|
|The Hon John Anderson MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Leader of The Nationals
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
|Senator the Hon Ian Campbell
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads
|TRS6/Budget||11 May 2004|
The Australian Government will spend $114.9 million on South Australia's land transport system in 2004-05, with more to come when the Government releases its new national land transport plan, AusLink, next month.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell, made the announcement today.
"The Government has today announced $11.4 billion in funding to transform the way Australia plans and funds its roads and railways. It consists of almost $11 billion in road and rail funding over the next five years and a one-off, $450 million grant in 2003-04 for investment in the rail system," Mr Anderson said.
"The Government will release a detailed policy statement, or White Paper, on AusLink next month. It will set out the new AusLink National Network, which will incorporate the National Highway system and many Roads of National Importance into a broader and more strategic network of transport corridors, including Australia's key rail links. The new Network will recognise Adelaide's national importance.
"The White Paper will include a series of major new land transport projects beyond the ones detailed in today's Budget. The new projects will improve the safety of Australia's major highways, and make it quicker and cheaper to transport freight around the country. They will include major new projects in South Australia," he said.
The funding for the new projects in South Australia will be in addition to the $114.9 million allocation. The funding for the new projects is a separate component within the Government's total land transport commitment, $11.4 billion. See the AusLink factsheet in this kit for further details.
The Government is continuing to fund critical projects across South Australia, in addition to the major new land transport projects that will be announced in the AusLink White Paper.
Northern Access to Adelaide
Senator Campbell said the Government would spend $200,000 in 2004-05 on further planning work to determine the new alignment for the Sturt Highway into Adelaide. The study will build on earlier investigations that confirmed the broad feasibility of constructing a new highway from the Gawler Bypass to Port Wakefield Road near Waterloo Corner.
"Main North Road is becoming increasingly congested through Elizabeth and Salisbury, and the new highway will eventually replace it as the main access road from Adelaide to Sydney and Brisbane," he said.
Sturt Highway overtaking lanes
The Deputy Prime Minister said the Government would spend $7.3 million in 2004-05 to complete the Government's $18.5 million commitment to build overtaking lanes on the Sturt Highway.
"In the 2001 election campaign, we promised to build 17 overtaking lanes on the Sturt Highway between Gawler and the Victorian border. We have discharged our promise and they will all be finished by mid 2005 - a year ahead of schedule," he said.
Adelaide-Port Augusta Road
"The Government will also spend $2.0 million in 2004-05 to complete a programme of overtaking lanes along the Adelaide-Port Augusta Road between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta. An additional $1.0 million will be spent on shoulder sealing."
Dukes Highway reconstruction
Senator Campbell said the surface along 17 kilometres of the Dukes Highway between Bordertown and the Victorian border was in very poor condition, due to the condition of the soil under the road.
"In October 2003, we announced that we would spend $15.0 million on reconstructing this section of the road. We have already spent $740,000 on the project, and have budgeted $14.3 million over the next two years ($8 million in 2004-05) to complete the work. Construction is expected to start in late 2004, and be completed by mid-2006," he said.
Port River Expressway
Senator Campbell said the Government had budgeted $15.0 million in 2004-05 for stage one of the Port River Expressway, as part of its $39.6 million commitment to the project.
"The expressway will provide a new four-lane road between Francis Street, Port Adelaide, and South Road. It will also allow heavy freight vehicles servicing the port to avoid Grand Junction Road and will include overpasses to improve traffic flow at South Road, Hanson Road and Eastern Parade," he said.
More spending on local roads
Senator Campbell said the Budget confirmed the Government's decision to extend the Roads to Recovery programme for another four years, from 2005-06 until 2008-09. The decision will inject $1.2 billion into local roads throughout Australia, in addition to the $253.1 million that will be spent on the existing programme in 2004-05.
"The Roads to Recovery programme is the largest capital injection by any Australian Government into local roads. It is funding 12,000 local road projects throughout Australia, and has been particularly important in regional areas, where councils have to maintain enormous road networks with limited resources," Senator Campbell said.
"South Australia will receive $20.8 million under the Roads to Recovery programme in 2004-05, and $25.9 million in untied local road grants. In addition, South Australian councils will receive an extra $4.3 million in 2004-05 - this year's component of the $26.3 million in extra road funding that the Prime Minister announced in March," he said.
Saving lives with the Black Spot Programme
Senator Campbell said that South Australia would receive $3.5 million in 2004-05 under the Road Safety Black Spot programme. It provides funding to improve dangerous accident locations on Australia's roads.
"The programme is estimated to prevent around 500 serious crashes a year throughout Australia. The 2004-05 funding will improve an estimated 37 dangerous black spots on South Australian roads," he said.
|Paul Chamberlain||Deputy Prime Minister's office||02 62777680 / 0419 233989|
|Wayne Grant||Senator Campbell's office||02 62777060 / 0407 845280|
Australian Government land transport funding, South Australia, 2004-05
|Continuing land transport projects (1)||60.5|
|Roads to Recovery||20.8|
|Untied local road grants||25.9|
|Supplementary funding to South Australian councils (2)||4.3|
|Black Spot programme||3.5|
The figures in this table update the tables in Budget Paper No. 3. The figures may not add precisely to the total due to rounding.
(1) Does not include the major new AusLink projects, which will be announced in June.
(2) Announced by the Prime Minister on 15 March 2004.