Road builders want accelerated Strzelecki Track decision

SA Civil Contractors Federation sees infrastructure move as boosting state

Road builders want accelerated Strzelecki Track decision
South Australian civil contractors want to see more of this sort of action.


With a backdrop of an underperforming South Australian economy, the state branch of the Civil Contractors Federation has urged progress be made on the Strzelecki Track.

In the state’s north-east, the road links Lyndhurst with Innamincka and the project value is put at $450 million.

The federation believes it would be an "economic shot in the arm" for the state but warns that waiting on federal spending risks a decade’s delay.

"The Weatherill Government’s own economic analysis indicates that upgrading the Strzelecki Track has a high value for money ratio and an annual economic benefit to the state in the order of $1.3 billion," federation CEO Phil Sutherland says.

"But although the SA Government has identified the project as essential - and a high order economic stimulus and job creation project – it  is looking to the Federal Government for the estimated $450 million to fund the project," he said.  

"The comprehensive upgrade to the Strzelecki Track would be a game changer to the economic value to the state, especially to the many businesses and economists who saw the $800 million gas pipeline project as the spark desperately needed to light a fire under the state’s economy.

"That hope is now lost forever with the NT Government’s decision to approve a pipeline route through Queensland.

"There is no point – nor is there time – to sulk or stew over what could have been.

"Decisive leadership and decision making is required for major infrastructure projects that specifically tackle the state’s growing jobs crisis and economic malaise."

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