Residents and business owners both along and surrounding Lyndoch Road, Gomersal, have been waiting to have the road sealed for at least eight years – and Schubert MP Stephan Knoll has delivered a promise to help make it happen if a Liberal government is elected on March 17.
If elected at the upcoming state election, Mr Knoll said the Liberal Party would commit $500,000 towards the sealing of Lyndoch Road in Gomersal.
This funding would support laying bitumen on about seven kilometres of road between Gomersal Road and the North Para River crossing by Chateau Yaldara.
“Having driven along the road myself and spoken to local residents, it is widely regarded as dangerous, especially in wet weather,” Mr Knoll said.
“Residents and local business owners have also highlighted safety concerns stemming from high heavy vehicle traffic along this unsealed stretch of road..
He said since Gomersal Road was sealed, car traffic through the region had largely diverted from Gawler and Barossa Valley Way to the Northern Expressway into Tanunda, bypassing the southern Barossa and negatively impacting local businesses in the area.
“Businesses on Lyndoch Road are further affected because some hire car companies do not permit their vehicles to be driven on unsealed roads, meaning tourists who do travel that route are unable to reach them,” Mr Knoll said.
“Sealing Lyndoch Road would benefit locals by providing an important safety upgrade, re-balance traffic flow and more closely connect visitors to the southern Barossa, providing economic opportunities to the region.
“After 16 years of Labor neglect, this is a long overdue investment in the Barossa region. Only the State Liberals are committed to making our roads safer for all South Australians.”
The news has been welcomed by Light Regional Council, which told Mr Knoll it would bring the works forward to be completed – previously, the sealing had not been on council’s agenda in the near future.
If the road sealing goes ahead, it will also provide a green light for local business developments, including a multi-million dollar project at Chateau Yaldara.