Primary Producers SA (PPSA) has welcomed the release of the Infrastructure SA 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy and the new approach to infrastructure planning that it brings.

The Strategy is the result of careful assessment and consultation on the challenges facing infrastructure in SA.

“PPSA believes that the strategy’s direct linkages to productivity gains will lead to a more balanced and targeted infrastructure spend,” PPSA Chair Rob Kerin said.

“Prioritising infrastructure that contributes to economic and jobs growth is very welcome and extremely relevant to the State’s current economic challenges.

“Optimising and maintaining existing infrastructure assets is also welcomed.

“The Strategy notes that, on a per kilometre basis, SA allocates eight times less funding than NSW for road maintenance. These figures show that SA’s road maintenance is in a precarious position and the growing backlog must be addressed urgently.

“Whilst we acknowledge recent maintenance, we would emphasise the size of this problem, the productivity and safety benefits from increased investment, and the heightened economic effects of investment in the current economic climate.

“Primary production sectors all have identified infrastructure gaps when creating industry plans.

“Significant improvements in productivity have resulted from industry and Government working together in prioritising maintenance spending, as acknowledged in the Strategy.”

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