Tuesday 19 May, 2015
Labor must commit funding to reduce $1 billion road maintenance backlog
The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Labor Government to commit funds to road maintenance in the upcoming State Budget in order to reduce South Australia’s $1 billion road maintenance backlog.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, Jamie Briggs, and Member for Grey and Chair of the South Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel, Rowan Ramsey, yesterday announced $16.5 million in funding for 37 Black Spot projects across South Australia.
“The State Liberals welcome this funding commitment from the Federal Government,” said Shadow Road Safety Minister Corey Wingard.
“However, we now need the Weatherill Labor Government to also commit funds to road maintenance in the upcoming State Budget.
“Road maintenance has become a very serious issue in metropolitan and regional areas alike.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has been ignoring our roads for years which cannot continue.
“Road maintenance is critical to ensuring South Australians are safe on our roads and our economy is productive.
“If the Weatherill Government fails to direct funding towards this spiraling problem in the upcoming State Budget, South Australia will continue to be left behind the rest of the nation.”