Port Pirie council CEO disappointed with transport plan

THE Port Pirie Regional Council has sent a letter to the Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Department expressing their "disappointment" that the Augusta Highway and Port Wakefield bypass are not short-term priorities in the Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan.  

The plan, released in October, lists road widening, shoulder sealing and overtaking lanes and possible duplication in sections as a medium priority.   

The council moved a motion to make a formal submission at the November meeting.   

In the motion, they said the submission would also incorporate the lack of reference to rail in the Yorke-Mid North Plan, as well as the fact there was no discussion about road/rail integration on Warnertown Road.   

Council were also upset that there was no mention of any realignment of the Augusta Highway from Bungama to north of Port Pirie in the medium to long term.   

The Integrated Transport Plan for Adelaide and Regional SA is a $30 billion 30-year plan.  

Council’s chief executive officer Dr Andrew Johnson pointed out that 65 per cent of the plan’s 

expenditure would be allocated to Adelaide, and 35 per cent to the regions. 

Dr Johnson suggested upgrades to the Augusta Highway and a bypass at Port Wakefield should be a higher priority. 

"Disappointingly, it (the plan) has placed these items in the medium to long term," Dr Johnson stated.  

"Given that this is a 30-year document, this time frame is considered to be too distant to meet current needs, let alone future needs."  

He was also unclear about whether realignment of the Augusta Highway  from Bungama to north of Port Pirie was included in the plan.  

"It is unclear from the plan whether this works is included in Item (1) on Augusta Highway or not," he said. 

"This should be clarified by council, as it will assist with future planning along the highway," he said. 

Dr Johnson said the plan acknowledges Port Pirie as a strategic port to service the mining sector, but does not mention rail in the region. 

Port Pirie Regional Council CEO Dr Andrew Johnson has expressed his disappointment at the State Government's transport plan.

Port Pirie Regional Council CEO Dr Andrew Johnson has expressed his disappointment at the State Government's transport plan.

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