South Australia to receive $415m in Infrastructure Spend. Here's how it will be spent.

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SA Premier Steven Marshall with PM Scott Morrison. Image Credit 7News

As announced earlier this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has accelerated federal government spending on Australian infrastructure and construction projects. South Australia is the first state to strike a deal, with a $415 million infrastructure spend becoming available immediately.

The South Australian economy will get a boost from the $415 million infrastructure package aiming to ease congestion and make regional roads safer. This package allows four infrastructure projects to commence, with an additional two projects provided with funds to speed up completion.

The projects receiving funding immediately are: 

  • SA Rural Roads Safety Program
  • Port Augusta to Perth Corridor
  • Victor Harbor Road Duplication
  • Horrocks Highway Corridor
  • Darlington Upgrade
  • Flinders Link

South Australia projects to commence with the $415 million in fast-tracked funding:

SA Rural Roads Safety Program

The $143 million SA Rural Roads Safety Program creates safer roads in rural regions around South Australia in a bid to increase safety for everyone travelling on them. Funding will flow immediately and over the next two financial years to enable the commencement of works after the funds were previously being allocated beyond 2021-22.

  • The project will receive $100 million in 2019-20
  • The Australian Government will be contributing a total of $114.4 million to the project, with $80 million brought forward.
  • The South Australian Government will be contributing a total of $28.6 million to the project, with $20 million brought forward.

Port Augusta to Perth Corridor

The $215 million Port Augusta to Perth Corridor will be approximately 2,388km long and is comprised of the Eyre Highway, Great Eastern Highway and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway. The project is being undertaken to widen, strengthen and realign various sections along the corridor to enable safer travel between Perth and South Australia. Funding is expected to flow immediately and over the next two financial years to enable the commencement of works after previously being allocated after 2021-22.

  • The project will receive $86.75 million
  • The Australian Government will be contributing a total of $100 million to the project, with $69.4 million brought forward.
  • The South Australian Government will be contributing a total of $25 million to the project, with $17.35 million brought forward.

Victor Harbor Road Duplication

The Australian and South Australian government are providing funding for the duplication of Victor Harbor Road between Main South Road and McLaren Vale, linking to the McLaren Vale overpass. This is to accommodate notable growth in the area. The $92 million duplication of Victoria Harbor Road is expected to improve travel times and safety, accommodate future growth in the region and improve economic productivity. Funding for the project will flow immediately and over the next three financial years to enable the commencement of works after previously being allocated after 2022-23.

  • The project will receive $75 million
  • The Australian Government will be contributing a total of $73.6 million to the project, with $60 million brought forward.
  • The South Australian Government will be contributing a total of $18.4 million, with $15 million brought forward.

Horrocks Highway Corridor

The $55 million Horrocks Highway Corridor will involve the installation of overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing at various locations. This project will also include improvements to the Gladstone level crossing and the replacement of a bridge north of Melrose. Funding is expected to flow immediately over the next three financial years to enable the commencement of the Horrocks Highway Corridor, with the previous allocation being after 2022-23.

  • The project will receive $50 million
  • The Australian Government will be contributing a total of $44 million to the project, with $40 million to be brought forward.
  • The South Australian Government will be contributing $11 million, with $10 million brought forward.

South Australia projects to be completed following the $415 million funding fast-track:

Darlington Upgrade

The $754.5 million Darlington Upgrade Project is a huge project and another important stage in the delivery of Adelaide's North-South Corridor. It will deliver an upgrade of approximately 3.3 kilometres of the existing Main South Road. Funding from the Federal Government will flow immediately and enable completion of the project on-time in mid-2020.

  • An additional $87.5 million is needed to complete the project.
  • Total cost of the project has increased from $667 million to $754.5 million.
  • The Australian Government is contributing an additional $70 million, increasing the total contribution from $533.6 million to $603.6 million.
  • The South Australian Government is contributing an additional $17.5 million, increasing the total contribution from $133.4 million to $150.9 million.

Flinders Link

The Australian and South Australian Governments are jointly funding the $141 million Flinders Link Project to extend the existing Tonsley rail line by 650 metres to the Flinders Medical Centre, creating new connections to the health, innovation and education precincts. Funding is expected to flow immediately and enable completion of the project on-time in late-2020.
  • An additional $16 million is needed to complete the project.
  • Total cost of the project has increased from $125 million to $141 million.
  • Both the Australian and South Australian Government will provide an extra $8 million to the project, increasing each government’s total contribution from $62.5 million to $70.5 million).

With the funding announcements for Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland already released it will only be a matter of days before news is released for News South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Stay tuned in to The Flapping Mouth as we bring you the biggest wins from this announcement as it happens over the coming days.

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