Regional Funding Boost in State Budget

19 Jun 2019

The Member for MacKillop Nick McBride has welcomed a range of funding announcements in this year’s State Budget that will benefit the Limestone Coast.

 

Roads will be the big winner with a record $1.1 billion over 8 years to be spent on regional road projects and transport infrastructure upgrades. $250 million dollars will go towards the upgrade of the Princes Highway. This will include road widening, safety upgrades, new overtaking lanes as well as duplication along key sections and town bypasses, while $143 million will go towards other works including shoulder sealing.

“I have been a strong advocate for maintaining and upgrading our country road network. The safety of road users is paramount as we attempt to reduce the rising road toll in our regional areas.  This investment is all part of the State Government’s commitment to improve road safety, help build regional communities and create jobs.”

“I am also pleased to hear that the Liberal Government will be re-introducing the 110km/hr speed limits on eight country roads that were reduced under the former Labor Government. Three of these roads are in my electorate of MacKillop, and many of my constituents have been calling for these limits to be reverted.”

$8 million dollars has been put aside for the re-development of roundabouts on Smith Street in Naracoorte.

“The upgrade of the roundabouts is part of a larger strategic plan that is being progressed to create better freight linkages to support the agricultural sector in and around Naracoorte. This investment will enable safer and more controlled heavy vehicle movements.”

Three main streets in Kingston will  benefit from a $334,000 upgrade. This project is expected to increase tourism to the area by linking Agnes, Holland and Hanson Streets into one precinct.

“It’s important that we invest in our beautiful seaside towns. By improving and redesigning Kingston’s main streets, we’ll make it easier for people to shop, meet, and therefore spend. This will make Kingston more vibrant and help drive their economy forward.”

The Member for MacKillop also welcomed the Government’s creation of a $2 million ‘Affordable Housing Fund’.

“I welcome the Government’s initiative to provide interest free loans of up to $10,000 to help people get in to the housing market. As we know there is a major shortage of affordable rental housing in the South East. “

“This loan scheme will hopefully encourage more people, whether they are singles or couples, to buy their first home. This would relieve the pressure on our already stretched regional rental market. This loan scheme will also help build our regional communities, by giving people the incentive to settle in our rural towns.”

Other commitments include:

  • $ 42.5 million over 2 years for preventative maintenance and construction of housing trust homes
  • $ 32.7 million over 5 years to fund a range of upgrades to regional high schools
  • $ 7.5 million over 3 years to implement a red meat and wool industry growth program
  • $ 1.8 million over 5 years to provide school fee exemptions to dependents of 457 and 482 visa holders in regional areas – this will save up to $5300 for primary and $6400 for high school students
  • $500,000 to support development of a freight handling facility in Bordertown
  • Continuing the $140 million investment (2018-19 budget) over ten years to improve regional hospital and health infrastructure

“The Marshall Liberal Government is about building a better future for South Australians. I am pleased that regional areas will receive funding that improves schooling, housing, industry, primary producers, the environment and tourism. Growth in our regional communities is critically important, and strong investment will help that growth continue, creating jobs and opportunities for the future.”