EP roads receive funding in 2019 Federal Budget

Regional roads were a big ticket item at the announcement of the federal government's annual budget recently.

A total of $100 million in federal funding was allocated to the regional road network west of Port Augusta, with $25 million to be used to upgrade roads on Eyre Peninsula.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he would be recommending works on the Tod and Lincoln Highways and the conversion of the last four kilometres of the rail corridor into Port Lincoln to a haul road for trucks.

Local governments across the region are also welcoming the renewal of the supplementary road funding for South Australia, which faced an uncertain future in the lead-up to budget night, wreaking havoc with council budgets.

South Australian councils will share a $20 million per year top-up fund for the next two years to address an inequality in road funding allocation between states.

Local Government Association SA president Sam Telfer said the organisation had been campaigning for the continuation of the funding.

"South Australia has 11 per cent of Australia's local roads, and approximately seven per cent of its population, but receives only 5.5 per cent of the Federal Government's Identified Local Roads Funding," he said.

"This commitment will ease pressure on council budgets, and help drive downward pressure on council rates for the next two years."

"It will also provide us with time to work collaboratively with the Commonwealth to find a permanent solution, that will provide our sector with certainty as we look to maintain and strategically upgrade our local road networks."

Wudinna mayor Eleanor Scholz said the funding announcement was a boost for the region.

"It is a massive positive for us, especially for safety reasons," she said.

"We are happy to see the widening of the Tod Highway was recommended, as with increased traffic we have real concerns for safety of all road users.

"Following the announcement of the rail line closure we are pleased to hear that something is happening for Eyre Peninsula."

Mr Ramsey said following the unease felt in deciding to close the railway, it was important to deal with the reality and upgrade the road network.

"This is a very strong and sensible response, demonstrating both state and federal governments understand the value of our agricultural sector and the increasing importance of our transport networks."