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SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S ROADS: BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

   
8 May 2007 005TRS/Budget

The Australian Government will spend $194.7 million on South Australia's roads in 2007-08. South Australia will also receive a fair share of the $22.3 billion in new land transport funding that the Government announced today.

The new funding will run from 2009-10 to 2013-14. It will be available under AusLink 2, the second stage of the Government's national land transport plan.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, said that AusLink 2 would be the biggest investment in land transport ever made by an Australian Government.

"AusLink 2 will continue our massive investment in Australia's roads and railways. We will also be able to provide more money for local roads under the AusLink Roads to Recovery and AusLink Strategic Regional programmes. These programmes were due to end in June 2009; they will now continue until June 2014," Mr Vaile said.

"The Government has already announced that we will extend the Black Spot Programme under AusLink 2 until 2013-14 and increase its funding by 33 per cent. The Black Spot Programme funds safety works at dangerous locations on our roads.

"The Government will announce the details of South Australia's funding under the new programme in due course, following discussions with the state government.

"Meanwhile, we are continuing to fund critical land transport projects across the state under the existing AusLink programme, and are announcing today that we will spend an extra $250 million in 2006-07 on AusLink Strategic Regional projects around Australia."

AusLink National Network projects in 2007-08

Minister Lloyd said the Australian Government would spend $116.7 million in 2007-08 on AusLink National Network projects in South Australia, including:

  • $68 million in 2007-08 for the Northern Expressway and Port Wakefield Road upgrade, subject to the negotiation of joint funding arrangements between the Australian and South Australian governments.
  • $19.3 million in 2007-08 to continue the upgrade of the Sturt Highway, including the start of duplication works between Gawler and Argent Road, in addition to the $100 million advance payment for work on the highway that the Government provided South Australia in June 2006.
  • $29.4 million to contribute to the cost of maintaining roads on the AusLink National Network in South Australia.

AusLink Strategic Regional Programme

"The Government will spend an additional $250 million in 2006-07 on AusLink Strategic Regional projects around Australia. The AusLink Strategic Regional Programme helps local councils build transport infrastructure projects that will boost their local and regional economies and create jobs," Mr Lloyd said.

"As a result, the Government will be able to make more funding offers in response to applications we have received from councils. The Government will announce the successful projects in the near future, including projects in South Australia.

"The Government is already contributing $8.6 million to strategic regional projects in South Australia, including upgrading Nangakita Road to B-double standard and sealing 13 kilometres of the Kimba-Buckleboo Road to support increased grain haulage to Port Lincoln.

AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme

"South Australia's 73 local councils will receive $25 million in 2007-08 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme. The unincorporated areas of the state will receive $2.7 million for local roads under the programme.

"Today's Budget also includes an extra $57 million in supplementary funding over the next four years to compensate South Australian councils for the state's disadvantage in the local road funding formula.

"The funding is worth $13.5 million in 2007-08, and is in addition to the state's allocation of untied local road grants, $29.5 million. The extra funding will ensure that South Australian councils get a fair share of the Government's local road grants.

AusLink Black Spot Programme

"In addition, South Australia will receive $3.5 million in 2007-08 under the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which will be directed to fixing an estimated 23 priority crash locations," Mr Lloyd said.

Attachment A is a detailed fact sheet about the Australian Government's land transport projects in South Australia.

Media contacts:
Deputy Prime Minister's office: Tim Langmead 02 6277 7680/0421 584 990
Minister Lloyd's office: James Larsson 02 6277 7060/0434 305 130

ATTACHMENT A

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Australian Government will provide South Australia with $194.7 million in land transport funding in 2007-08, as set out in the table below. In addition, the Government provided South Australia with a $100 million advance payment in June 2006 to upgrade the Sturt Highway between Gawler and Nuriootpa.

The projects detailed in this fact sheet are funded under the existing AusLink land transport programme. The Government will announce the projects that will be funded under AusLink 2 in due course, following discussions with the South Australian Government.

Australian Government land transport funding, South Australia, 2007-08

  2007-08
Funding
($ million)
AusLink Investment Programme 116.7
AusLink Strategic Regional Programme 3.9
AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme 27.7
Untied local road grants 29.5
Supplementary funding for SA local roads 13.5
AusLink Black Spot Programme 3.5
Total 194.7

This table update the tables in Budget Paper No.3. The figures may not add precisely to the total due to rounding.

AUSLINK NATIONAL NETWORK PROJECTS

Northern Expressway

The Australian Government will contribute $68 million to the Northern Expressway and the upgrade of Port Wakefield Road in 2007-08, provided joint funding arrangements can be agreed with the South Australian Government.

The Northern Expressway will replace Main North Road on the AusLink Network and link directly to the Sturt Highway upgrade and the Port River Expressway. The expressway will reduce local congestion and provide a direct link between the Barossa Valley and Riverland and the Port of Adelaide.

Community consultation about the proposed route has been under way since November 2006. Construction is expected to start next year.

Port Wakefield Road will be upgraded from just north of Taylors Road to the Salisbury Highway, with additional traffic lanes along some sections, and the Salisbury Highway-Port Wakefield Road bridge will be improved. Some road junctions will be rationalised in favour of intersections having greater capacity for turning movements by a larger number of vehicles.

The Australian Government previously agreed to meet 80 per cent of the project's cost when it was estimated at $300 million, and has committed $146 million in the current five year AusLink Programme. The cost of this project has blown out dramatically, so its future funding arrangements will need to be agreed with South Australia.

Port River Expressway

By the end of June 2007, the Government will have paid its full $80 million contribution to the final stages of the Port River Expressway, which consist of road and rail bridges over the Port River, as well as the associated road and rail works on the LeFevre Peninsula. The South Australian Government is meeting the additional cost of enabling the bridges to open to river traffic.

The bridges are expected to be completed in late 2007.

The road bridge will connect the Port River Expressway with Victoria Road to achieve the long-standing aim of diverting trucks from the centre of Port Adelaide. The rail bridge connects with the Le Fevre Peninsula rail corridor, which is being upgraded to dual track to allow more rail freight movements through the port at Outer Harbor.

Hampstead, Regency and Mullers roads intersections

The Australian Government is fully funding the $4.7 million reshaping of the Hampstead Road intersections with Mullers Road and Regency Road to reduce congestion and delays. Construction is expected to be completed in June 2007.

Upgrading the Sturt Highway

The Australian Government will provide $19.3 million in 2007-08 to continue work on the Sturt Highway, in addition to the $100 million advance payment that was provided to South Australia in June 2006. In total, the Australian Government is providing $159.2 million for the highway from the current AusLink programme.

2007-08 funding

A major focus of the AusLink Investment Programme funding in 2007-08 will be highway duplication work involving the Gawler Belt Interchange bridge, which will carry through to the intersection with Argent Road. Construction is expected to begin in early 2008.

The other main focus will be the upgrade of the historic Paringa Bridge over the Murray River, near Renmark. The 80-year old bridge has only received touch-up paint repairs over the past 45 years. The Australian Government is funding traffic signals, stronger crash barriers and a new epoxy/polyurethane coating to protect the bridge superstructure.

Sturt Highway accelerated upgrade package

The $100 million Sturt Highway accelerated upgrade package is enabling the South Australian Government to increase significantly the pace of improving key sections of the highway. The package involves:

  • the duplication of about 17 kilometres of the highway from Argent Road at Gawler to Seppeltsfield Road at Daveyston.
  • extensions to the acceleration and deceleration lanes and access improvements at the two Greenock interchanges at Seppeltsfield Road and Greenock Road.
  • improvements to the Belvidere Road and Murray Street junctions.
  • an extension to the acceleration lane for westbound traffic at Old Kapunda Road
  • the removal or protection of roadside hazards from Seppeltsfield Road to Murray Street.
  • strengthening the surface of the highway, where required, between Argent Road and Nuriootpa.

The work at the Belvidere Road and Murray Street junctions and the extension of the acceleration lane at Old Kapunda Road began in mid January 2007 and are scheduled to be completed in May 2007. The duplication of the 4 kilometre section of the highway between Daveyston and Greenock is expected to start around August 2007, with the other sections to follow.

South Australia is required to complete the projects in the package by December 2009.

Maintenance

The Australian Government will provide $29.4 million in 2007-08 to help maintain the AusLink road network in South Australia.

AUSLINK STRATEGIC REGIONAL PROGRAMME

The AusLink Strategic Regional Programme helps local councils build transport infrastructure projects that will boost their local and regional economies and create jobs.

The Government is already contributing $8.6 million to projects in South Australia under the programme, but many important and valuable projects missed out on receiving support because far more applications were received from local councils than could be funded.

As a result, the Government has announced today that it will spend an additional $250 million in 2006-07 on strategic regional projects around Australia.

It will enable the Government to make more funding offers in response to applications it has received from councils. The Government will announce the successful projects in the near future, including projects in South Australia.

The Government will invest an additional $300 million in the AusLink Strategic Regional Programme under AusLink 2, which will enable councils to submit new funding applications.

LOCAL ROAD FUNDING

The 73 local councils in South Australia will receive $25 million in 2007-08 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme. The unincorporated areas of the state will receive $2.7 million for local roads from the programme.

The Government has announced that the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme will continue until 2013-14, instead of ending in 2008-09.

South Australian local councils will receive $29.5 million in untied local road grants and a supplementary payment of $13.5 million to compensate them for the state's disadvantage in the local roads funding formula.

Today's Budget announces that South Australian local councils will receive an extra $57 million over the next four years (including the $13.5 million payment in 2007-08) to compensate them for the state's disadvantage under the formula.

AUSLINK BLACK SPOT PROGRAMME

South Australia will receive $3.5 million in 2007-08 under the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which will be directed to fixing an estimated 23 priority crash locations in the state.

The Government has announced that the AusLink Black Spot Programme will continue until 2013-14, with a 33 per cent increase in funding from the start of 2009-10. The programme was due to end in 2007-08.