Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed news that the entire length of Taplan Road will be sealed thanks to Federal Government funding through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity awarded under the Coalition Government.

In October 2021, the Loxton Waikerie Council was successful in their application to the Program for $1.02 million which was matched by Council with a contribution of $1.02 million.

Due to an underspend, the entire length of the 25km road will now be upgraded.

Mayor Leon Stasinowsky praised Council staff for the underspend.

“Through efficient and resourceful use of Council staff and contractors, a significant saving has been made and can be utilised to see the completion of Taplan Road sealing,” Mayor Stasinowsky said.

Mr Pasin said it was a great example of Federal and Local Government’s working together to benefit the community.

“This project will allow for B Double HML and PBS Level 2 which will improve the productivity, safety and accessibility of heavy vehicles though the Mallee,” Mr Pasin said.

“Improving our local road networks is improving community safety as well as boosting the economy through productivity. By connecting our local freight network with the national freight routes of the Sturt, Mallee and Dukes Highways we are connecting our local produce to national and international markets more efficiently,” Mr Pasin said.

“I’m so pleased to be able to partner with the District Council of Loxton Waikerie to improve Taplan Road,” Mr Pasin said.


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