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Light Electorate Projects Get green Light

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Gawler / Light Electorate / Local Infrastructure / Local Winner


  • By Tony Piccolo
  • Jan 03, 2018
Light Electorate Projects Get green Light

Infrastructure works worth hundreds of millions of dollars directly benefitting the people in the Light electorate will commence early this year after a parliamentary committee granted final approvals just prior to Christmas.

Local Member of Parliament, Tony Piccolo said that many of these projects were shovel ready but required considered by the Parliamentary Works Committee before construction could commence.

Projects that are of direct interest to the area include:

  • The installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Dalkeith and Main North Roads;
  • Gawler East Link Road;
  • Stage 1 of the Electrification of the Gawler Rail line; and the
  • Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme.

According to the committee’s report, the Dalkeith Road intersection upgrade is expected to cost up to $7.9 million.

Mr Piccolo said the improvements will include traffic lights to fully control all through and right hand movements both into and out of Main North, along with the construction of left hand turn slip lanes.

“48 crashes were reported at this intersection between 2012 and 2016, including 27 casualty crashes and 21 resulting in property damage,” Mr Piccolo said.

“The predominant casualty crash type is ‘right angle’ followed by rear enders and right turn.

“I have been working with the Dalkeith Country Fire Service since January 2015 in calling for the intersection to be upgraded.

“I would like to thank the leaders and members of the local CFS who have worked tirelessly to get this intersection upgraded,” he said.

The Gawler East Link Road, estimated to cost about $55 million will provide direct access for residents in the new developments in Gawler East to Main North Road.

The benefits of the project including reducing traffic along Calton Road, Murray Street and Adelaide Road.

The committee also approved Stage 1 of the Electrification of the Gawler Rail line, which is projected to cost a total of $615 million when Stage 2 of the project is completed to the Gawler Central Station.

Mr Piccolo said that Stage 1 of the project involves the line been electrified from Adelaide to Salisbury and is scheduled to start this year.

“With some financial support from the Federal Government the whole Gawler line could be completed,” Mr Piccolo said.

“The State Government has committed 50 percent of the funding in the State Budget to enable this to happen.

“Federal Labor is committed to co-funding the electrification project, unfortunately the Federal Liberal Government is not supporting public transport infrastructure projects.

“I remain hopeful the Federal Liberal Government will see the benefit to the community in funding the electrification project,” he said.

The Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme was approved by the committee and is expected to deliver 12 gigalitres of recycled water to Virginia/Two Wells and Northern Adelaide Plains horticulture areas.

The new 27 kilometre pipeline, which is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments will help generate over 3,700 jobs in the horticultural industry by increasing the productive capacity of the land in the area.

Mr Piccolo said that the NAIS one of the most exciting projects for the region.

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