Barker continues to benefit from the Coalition Government’s record infrastructure investment, with funding for major new projects to be announced in this week’s Federal Budget.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP said he was thrilled that after years of lobbying efforts the Truro Bypass has been included in tomorrow’s budget with a $202 million funding windfall allocated to the project.
“The Truro bypass has been a priority infrastructure project for me in and I’m thrilled to see my advocacy at both a State and Federal level has paid off,” Mr Pasin said.
The Federal Government has allocated $161.6 million to the project with the South Australian State Government to allocate the remaining $40.4 million.
“A Truro Bypass will result will be better access to the South Australian and New South Wales freight networks, boosting the competitiveness of South Australia’s agricultural sectors.”
“It will also get heavy vehicles out of the main street, increasing safety for local residents and visitors,” Mr Pasin said.
“I’ve been working with the Truro Progress Association to get this project on the top of our Government’s agenda and I thank them for all their efforts in progressing the project and helping me along the journey,” Mr Pasin said.
The project is expected to support 555 direct and indirect jobs with construction to begin in late 2022 and be completed by late 2026.
“Not only is this a big win for the Truro community and our freight network users, but the delivery of major infrastructure projects like this will continue South Australia’s comeback from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for business over the long term.
The Federal Budget also includes $48 million for Heysen Tunnel improvements, $2.5 million for planning and design for future works linking Murray Bridge to the South East and $5 million to investigate a greater Adelaide freight bypass planning study.
“Government investment in major infrastructure will generate thousands of jobs, better connect our state and help South Australians get home sooner and safer.”
The Australian Government looks forward to working constructively with the South Australian Government to deliver this infrastructure, supporting jobs and businesses right across South Australia.
For more information on investments in South Australia visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au