The Federal and State Governments to pump $92 million to upgrade Victor Harbor road

SAFER PASSAGE: State Transport Minister Stephan Knoll, Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer and member for Finniss David Basham.
SAFER PASSAGE: State Transport Minister Stephan Knoll, Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer and member for Finniss David Basham.

The Federal Budget has given a firm focus on road safety and a big winner is Main South Road to McLaren Vale. 

The Federal Government will deliver $73.6 million to duplicate Victor Harbor Road between Main South Road and McLaren Vale in partnership with the South Australian Government, in what will be an 80/20 split.

The State Government contribution will take the total investment to $92 million.

Member for Finniss David Basham praised Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer for the delivery of the project.

"Georgina has been a crucial and effective advocate with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, also the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Development, for the duplication of the Victor Harbor Road and many other local infrastructure projects," Mr Basham said.

"She's also been keeping pressure on the Marshall State Government. By working together, Georgina and I have kept this project high on the priority list for the Finniss and Mayo electorates."

Ms Downer said the duplication will be a boost for tourism in the iconic McLaren Vale wine region and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

"With the State Government contribution, the regions will be transformed following the $92 million duplication of the Victor Harbor Road from Main South Road to McLaren Vale," Ms Downer said..

"I congratulate the Federal Coalition and Liberal State governments for working together to deliver priority transport infrastructure in Mayo. What a wonderful outcome for tourism, residents and businesses in McLaren Vale, Willunga and the Fleurieu Peninsula."

Mr Downer stressed that the communities on the South Coast will also directly benefit from this important upgrade.

"McLaren Vale stands as a premium visitor destination and a showcase for one of South Australia's most famous signature products, wine. We produce some of the very best wine in the world in this region and as a wine tourism destination, McLaren Vale offers visitors a unique experience with many diverse cellar door offerings in close proximity. This community and its wine tourism industry will be transformed by this project," she said.

"The Fleurieu Peninsula region is the second-most visited part of South Australia after Adelaide and the Victor Harbor Road is the primary link for visitors. Even outside long weekends and the peak tourist season, the road often experiences a great deal of traffic and this volume is steadily growing. It often results in congestion."

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals' Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional  Development Michael McCormack said the project would widen the existing road corridor to provide two 3.5-metre-wide lanes in each direction, including sealed shoulders and a centre wire rope safety barrier.

"The Liberals and Nationals are investing around South Australia to make local roads safer and make sure people can get home sooner and safer," Mr McCormack said.

"Working with the Marshall Liberal Government, the Federal Liberals and Nationals are getting things done in South Australia and investing for the future. 

"Our strong economic management allows us to invest in vital safety upgrades such as the duplication of Victor Harbor Road and boost the local roads, local communities and local jobs which deserve it."

Liberal Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said duplicating Victor Harbor Road would greatly improve safety along the corridor.

"Victor Harbor Road is an important road linking Adelaide to the tourist and commercial activity of the Fleurieu Peninsula," Senator Ruston said.

"The South Australian Liberal team in Canberra went into bat for vital upgrades to our state's roads. Together with the Marshall Liberal Government, we are delivering the infrastructure and services South Australia needs and deserves.

"Our investment in this project will include alignment improvements at the Victor Harbor Road junctions with local roads at Robinson Road, Quarry Road, Ostrich Farm Road and Budgens Road."

The Victor Harbor Duplication will be funded on an 80/20 basis in partnership with the South Australian Government.

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