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Mid-Year Budget Review delivers almost $20m for ‘last mile’ projects

8 December 2015

Better access to country saleyards and grain silos are among the projects to be delivered with almost $20 million in funding for country roads in the 2015-16 Mid-Year Budget Review (MYBR).

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the $19.2 million package would deliver a series of ‘last mile’ projects identified in a 90-day transport review completed earlier this year.

“The review found last mile access issues were restricting the farm productivity by preventing larger heavy vehicles from travelling on local roads at the beginning and end of journeys,” Mr Mullighan said.

“Last mile issues usually involve local council access roads, but are relatively expensive given they need to be constructed for heavy vehicles. This can often put them beyond the reach of councils to fund.”

“More than 180 such projects were identified in a report produced in response to the review, A Modern Transport System for Agriculture: A New Partnership Approach.”

Mr Mullighan the $19.2 million commitment would deliver the first of these important projects, including:

  • B-Double access to the Naracoorte saleyards
  • B-Double access to the Eudunda grain bunker and silos
  • B-Double and road train access to the Jamestown saleyards
  • Access for road trains and other higher productivity vehicles from Port Wakefield Road to the grain silos at Roseworthy

Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said upgrading access to the Jamestown saleyards would avoid the need for B-doubles and road trains to pass through the town centre.

“This not only reduces the distance and time spent on the road transporting products and livestock but it should also remove many of these larger vehicles from the township,” Mr Bignell said.

“All of these projects will contribute towards ensuring an industry which generates almost $20 billion a year for the state to remain globally competitive.”

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said a number of other projects identified in the 90-day review had already been delivered.

“That includes providing access for quad road trains to the road train network between Port Augusta and the Northern Territory border,” he said.

“We are already hearing that these changes are helping to cut costs for primary producers enabling them to become more efficient.”

Mr Mullighan said the extra $19.2 million for these last mile roads projects is in addition to the $165 million roads stimulus package announced in this year’s State Budget to create more than 400 jobs.

“The 2015-16 State Budget delivered an extra $110 million for road maintenance and safety upgrades over the forward estimates and $71.5 million of this is being spent in the regions,” Mr Mullighan said.

“With this extra MYBR commitment, we will now be spending $341 million in the regions out of a total $532 million budgeted for road safety and maintenance over the forward estimates.”

More detail on the last mile projects is available in the report: A Modern Transport System for Agriculture: A New Partnership Approach at www.pir.sa.gov.au

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