SA BUDGET: the details of what we are getting and why

Schubert MP and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephan Knoll.
Schubert MP and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephan Knoll.

The State Liberal Government outlined its vision for the state over the next four years in last week’s state budget, including what money will or won’t be spent in this region.

Barossa

  • LYNDOCH ROAD UPGRADE: $500,000 IN 2018–19: A grant will be provided to the council towards the sealing of Lyndoch Road.
  • BAROSSA HOSPITAL: $100,000 in 2018-19 to develop a business case for a new Barossa Hospital. 
  • STURT HIGHWAY: $350,000 UPGRADE: Smoother commute from 2019.
  • DOG PARKS: $100,000 for two new dog parks.

Schubert MP Stephan Knoll is pleased with the funding that has been secured for the Barossa.

“All three election commitments are being delivered,” he said.

“But more than that, what the budget also has is $3.5 million for Horrocks Highway and the bits that they’re fixing - the bottom bit – is certainly is in my electorate.

“There’s also $350,000 for the Sturt Highway around the Shea-Oak Log area. They’re going to be looking to really smooth out area. That work's going to be done this financial year.”

Statewide spending includes $10m for mobile phone coverage upgrades, with Mr Knoll flagging Springton, Sandy Creed and Concordia as problem areas.

STATEWIDE REGIONAL

  • REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE: $315m for a Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund.
  • CFS: $5m for Country Fire Service station upgrades.
  • WILD DOG TRAPPERS: $600,000 over four years for wild dog trappers.
  • REGIONAL GROWTH:  $15 million per year for the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) for Primary Industries and Regional Development through grants/programs.
  • RURAL BUSINESS SUPPORT: $260,000 funding to deliver rural financial counselling services, helping farmers manage their books and fill out applications for assistance programs.
  • CANCER SERVICES: $12m over four years to expand country cancer services.
  • HEALTH WORKFORCE: $20m over four years for Rural Health Workforce Strategy.
  • COUNTRY HEALTH: $140m over 10 years for investments in country health facilities.
  • MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: $10m for mobile phone black spot funding.

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