I want to hear directly from outback communities and industry to find ways to improve the road network they rely on.
That's why I brought stakeholders from regional and remote communities together today in Port Augusta for a regional roads roundtable.
This forum is about listening to those living and travelling in remote locations to help us prioritise where resources and works are needed most.
The issues raised will inform how we can do things differently to get better outcomes for outback regions.
A new advisory group—chaired by the Outback Communities Authority—will also be established to help develop long-term policies and strategies and deliver recommendations on where resources and new investment are needed most.
I’m also looking forward to seeing the work of the new advisory group helping us to improve road safety and ensure better access year-round to these increasingly popular areas.
Outback roads comprise around 10,000 kilometres of the state’s road network, with $12.2 million allocated for annual maintenance in 2023-24, which is under increasing pressure from rising costs and more frequent extreme weather events.
The Malinauskas Government has completed a series of recent works in outback SA to ease this pressure, in addition to ongoing works to upgrade the Strzelecki and Oodnadatta tracks.
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