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 Federal  Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Development Michael McCormack 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."

Ms Downer said the upgrade would go a long way towards relieving congestion and improving safety from Main South Road to McLaren Vale, as a great deal of freight is also carried along this road and the upgrade will improve productivity.

"I've been pleased to work with the David Basham, on getting this project off the ground and it's only been made possible by the great partnership which has been developed between the Federal Coalition and State Liberal Governments.

"This partnership has delivered many transport infrastructure projects which have directly benefitted Mayo, and I'm confident it will deliver many more. I'll be fighting to ensure Mayo continues to develop the transport infrastructure it needs to improve road safety and economic productivity, and reduce congestion."

"This project is going to deliver great benefits for communities on the Fleurieu Peninsula, increasing tourist visitation and making the trip to and from Adelaide a lot easier."

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 Government is investing around South Australia to make local roads safer and make sure people can get home sooner and safer," Mr McCormack said.

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

"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," Ms Ruston said.