Legislative Council: Tuesday, July 05, 2022


Port Lincoln Roads

The Hon. S.L. GAME (15:11): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on roads in and around Port Lincoln.

Leave granted.

The Hon. S.L. GAME: We have been contacted by constituents deeply concerned that roads and related trucking in and around Port Lincoln is dangerous. With the cancellation of the grain rail service in May 2019, the number of grain trucks heading to Port Lincoln has increased immensely. These trucks need to drive straight in through the main areas of the town, areas that were not designed for trucks. It's an injury or even a fatality waiting to happen.

The Port Lincoln grain storage silos create a massive bottleneck. At harvest time, conservatively, there would be 50 to 80 fully loaded B-double trucks per day entering from the Tod or Port Lincoln highways. Added to this, the road surfaces are not industrial standard for heavy truck usage and as a result potholes are multiplying. Roads right across the area are being destroyed by the constant flow of heavy vehicles.

Regardless of the grain rail closure being a private commercial decision, road safety is the government's responsibility. Truck drivers keep our state moving and farmers in business and it's imperative they are able to do their job safely. The people of Port Lincoln deserve to be able to drive through their own town safely as well.

In the budget papers there is an allowance to investigate options around Port Lincoln over the next four years as part of the rural road safety package. My question to the minister is: what action is the government going to take this year to make the roads safer in and around Port Lincoln?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:13): I thank the member for her important question. I will pass it on to my colleague in another place who has the portfolio responsibilities for transport and bring back a reply.