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Copper Coast Council

9 June 2021

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (15:03): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Treasurer, representing the Minister for Local Government, questions concerning two initiatives that have been raised by the Copper Coast Council requiring government action or consideration.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY: The entrance road to Wallaroo is in a poor state of repair and needs landscaping to enhance its appearance. It is the entrance to the tourist destination of Wallaroo and onto the ferry—an important gateway to Eyre Peninsula. This is a state road. The council has put forward a sensible proposal to exchange the state road with a heavy vehicle Wallaroo bypass road, which is a council responsibility. Apparently, the government is reluctant to agree to the exchange due to a cost difference and an impact on the consolidated account. My questions to the minister are:

1. When is the government going to undertake works to upgrade the state of repair and landscaping of the Wallaroo entrance road?

2. What is the status in exchanging the responsibilities of the council heavy vehicle Wallaroo bypass road for the state Wallaroo entrance road?

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer) (15:04): I am happy to refer the honourable member's question to the appropriate minister and bring back a reply.