Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has joined State Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Minister for Planning, the Hon Stephan Knoll today in the Barossa to discuss $6 million in State and Federal Government funding towards installing a roundabout at Kroemer’s Crossing in the Barossa Valley.
Mr Pasin and Minister Knoll met with Barossa Mayor Bim Lange and Robert Taddeo, Operations Director, and Steven Scott, Winery Operations Manager, from Pernod Ricard Winemakersto discuss the project that will see greater truck access to Richmond Grove and assist in getting trucks out of the main street of Tanunda.
Kroemers Crossing which connects Barossa Valley Way with Murray Street, Burings Road, Menge Road and Vine Road is the primary freight access to Pernod Ricard’s Richmond Grove Winery.
“This investment is a significant boost to the roads in our local community, and the improved infrastructure will open up capacity to enable us to produce more award-winning wine,” commented Mr Taddeo, “Pernod Ricard Winemakers are contributing around $500,000 to support the project.”
Mr Pasin said heavy vehicle access at this location is currently restricted to semi-trailers only, due to safety concerns and insufficient widths available for vehicle turn paths.
“This section of Barossa Valley Way represents a missing link in the restricted access vehicle (RAV) network through the Barossa Valley, impacting freight productivity,” Mr Pasin said.
“This investment will increase efficiency, productivity and improve the supply chain. Making this freight route more efficient means local businesses have more money to invest in their operations, creating jobs, and proving a boost to the local economy,” said Mr Pasin.
“Regional communities remain at the core of Australia’s economy and identity and the Morrison Government is working to ensure regional Australia can thrive and prosper.
“Our policies are boosting regional industries, growing regional economies and improving infrastructure and services to better connect our regions.
“Strong economic management means Governments can invest record funding into infrastructure, health and education without having to increase taxes. If we weren’t in the economic position we are thanks to the Liberal Governments plan to grow the economy, funding in this project may not have been possible,” Mr Pasin said.
Barossa Council Mayor Bim Lange said the Barossa Council will also contribute funding to the project.
“After many years of developing the freight route it is pleasing to see the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle put into place completing the Barossa Freight route,” Mayor Lange said.
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