Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, Stephan Knoll, will this morning address the 12th Annual SA Major Projects Conference and reaffirm the Marshall Government’s commitment to keep building South Australia.
The Marshall Government has built a massive $11.9 billion pipeline of infrastructure works over the next four years.
The most recent State Budget delivered a record $1.1 billion for regional road and infrastructure upgrades across the state and $707 million for congestion busting infrastructure around Adelaide.
The Marshall and Morrison Governments also have $5.4 billion on the table towards the completion of the final remaining 10.5 km stretch of the North-South Corridor, the single biggest infrastructure project in South Australia’s history.
“This morning I’ll be reassuring industry that the Marshall Liberal Government will continue to build South Australia,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“We’ve made it clear that we are not afraid to borrow money, especially while interest rates are at all time lows, to build the productive infrastructure South Australia desperately needs to grow.
“The Marshall Government will continue to build and grow South Australia despite the naysayers.
“The Labor Opposition have made it clear they oppose borrowing money to keep funding important infrastructure projects.
“Under Peter Malinasukas’ Labor Party, construction in South Australia would grind to a halt and construction jobs would disappear.
“The State Government is borrowing this money to invest in country roads that will help save lives, bust congestion around metropolitan Adelaide and build productive infrastructure that will grow our economy and create jobs.
“At the centre of our big infrastructure build will be the single biggest infrastructure project in South Australia’s history – the final remaining 10.5 km section of the North-South Corridor.
“This massive multi-billion project will underpin the construction industry and thousands of jobs over the life of this almost decade long project.
“We’re getting on with finishing the 78-kilometre North-South Corridor and have recently awarded the contract for the $354 million Regency Road to Pym Street section.
“We’re building public transport infrastructure, including the $615 million Gawler Rail Electrification Project, the $125 million Flinders Link Project and Park ‘n’ Rides along the O-Bahn.
“There’s also a host other projects we will be undertaking, including a massive capital program to upgrade schools across the state and building the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.”
Some key infrastructure projects announced in the 2019-20 State Budget alone include;
- $143 million for road upgrades, including additional overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing;
- $125 million for the Eyre Highway to upgrade South Australia’s section from Port Augusta to Perth – including $32 million to upgrade Eyre Peninsula Roads;
- $87.5 million to upgrade the Sturt Highway from Renmark to Gawler;
- $62.5 million to upgrade the Barrier Highway from Cockburn to Burra;
- $250 million to upgrade the Princes Highway;
- $55 million to upgrade the Horrocks Highway Corridor;
- $92 million to duplicate Victor Harbor Road between Main South Road and McLaren Vale;
- $20 million for the Granite Island causeway refurbishment;
- $231 million for a grade separation at Torrens Road (Ovingham);
- $171 million for a grade separation at Brighton Road (Hove);
- $98 million to upgrade the intersection of Magill Road and Portrush Road;
- $61 million to upgrade the intersection of Cross Road and Fullarton Road;
- $60 million to upgrade the intersections of Goodwood/Springbank/Daws Roads;
- $35 million to upgrade the intersection of Glen Osmond Road and Fullarton Road;
- $19 million to upgrade the intersection of Main North Road and Nottage Terrace;
- $19 million to upgrade the intersection of Grand Junction/Hampstead/Briens Roads; and,
- $13 million to upgrade the intersection of Main North, Kings and McIntyre Roads.