It may have taken over 40 years, but we did it! On Sunday 28 July 2019, together with the Federal Member for Boothby, Nicolle Flint MP, Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, the Hon Stephan Knoll MP, State colleague, Stephen Patterson MP and City of Marion Mayor, we celebrated the completion of the long awaited Oaklands Crossing Project.
Oaklands Crossing has been an issue in our community for longer than we care to remember and to finally see traffic flowing and the boom gates gone is proof that a community campaign (and everyone working together) can deliver a great result.
It has been quite a journey over the past few years. From the official start of our 'Fix Oaklands Crossing' campaign back in 2014 to the first ever funding announcement made in June 2017, to seeing the first holes dug, the old station being removed, watching the trains go under Morphett Road to today, it is testament to everyone who worked hard to bring this problem intersection into the spotlight.
This project also shows what can be achieved when all levels of government work together. If it wasn't for the hard work of Nicolle Flint MP, we wouldn't have secured $95 million dollars from the Federal Liberal Government, which combined with $74.3 million dollars from the State Government and $5 million from the City of Marion made this project a reality.
Once again, I would like to thank everyone that supported the Fix Oaklands Crossing campaign, signed up for my E-newsletters and persevered whilst the works were under way. It is truly a community effort and one we should all be extremely proud of.
PS: The finishing touches are just being completed and the Compound will start to pack up within the next couple of months.
But we can't stop now
Now we turn our attention towards Fixing Brighton Road - Hove Crossing. With over 40,000 vehicles using Brighton Road on a daily basis, it is one of Adelaide's busiest roads but it is blocked by boom gates for 25% of the peak travel time. By heading to my new website, fixbrightonroad.com.au, you can sign up to my E-newsletters and keep up to date as we begin the next major project in our community.