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Eyre Peninsula Councils join forces to drive $12.52m rural road upgrade

Councils and community celebrate completion of upgrade to 'important freight route' linking central and eastern Eyre Peninsula

Mayors Sam Telfer, Roger Nield and Dean Johnson

JOINT EFFORT: District Council of Tumby Bay Mayor Sam Telfer, District Council of Cleve Mayor Roger Nield and District Council of Kimba Mayor Dean Johnson unveil the plaque commemorating the official opening of the 97.03 kilometre of the Balumbah-Kinnaird Road at Verran on March 6.

A shared vision to deliver an improved local road network for rural Eyre Peninsula motorists was celebrated on March 6 when Council and community stakeholders converged on Verran for the official opening of the latest infrastructure upgrade.

The $12.52 million project required the District Council of Kimba, District Council of Cleve and District Council of Tumby Bay to combine efforts to seal 97.03 kilometres of the Balumbah-Kinnaird Road, an important arterial link spanning all three Local Government Areas between the Eyre Highway, west of Kimba, and the Lincoln Highway, north-east of Port Neill.

With the Australian Government contributing $8.23m to the much-needed upgrade through its Special Local Roads Program, the Councils injected more than $4.25m of their own funding to ensure the project was able to be completed and provide road users with more comfortable, safer driving conditions.

The accomplishment of sealing the entire road was marked at a community barbecue on Tuesday, at which the Mayors of the three Councils – Mayor Dean Johnson, Mayor Roger Nield and Mayor Sam Telfer – unveiled a commemorative plaque and explained what the upgrade meant for their respective communities.

“This is a significant occasion for all three Councils involved in the project, because getting to this point has taken a lot of advocacy, planning and resourcing to ensure the Balumbah-Kinnaird Road was able to be sealed to the standard those using it every day expect,” Mayor Johnson said.

“To be able to declare the project officially completed speaks volumes about what can be achieved when Councils work together for the benefit of the entire region, and not just within the boundary of their Local Government Area, and I’d like to congratulate everyone who has been involved on the journey.”

District Council of Cleve Chief Executive Officer Peter Arnold described the road as an “important freight and social route” for the Eyre Peninsula, and explained the project had been on the organisation’s agenda for more than three decades.

“Given the importance of the road, the District Council of Cleve has been lobbying both levels of Government for funding assistance to seal this road since the mid-1980s,” he said.

“When Councils’ application for Special Local Road Program funding was successful in 2008, it was the culmination of many years’ work by a number of administrations.

“To see the road now sealed in its entirety is very satisfying for Council and I am sure it is appreciated by all road users.”

Mayor Telfer echoed the sentiment about the importance of the infrastructure.

“This is an important freight route which services much of central and eastern Eyre Peninsula, and its usage will only continue to grow for both agricultural and general freight,” he said.

Project fast facts

Project name: Balumbah-Kinnaird Road upgrade

Project cost: $12,516,968 (Australian Government: $8,227,000; District Council of Cleve: $2,387,207;

District Council of Kimba: $1,393,180; District Council of Tumby Bay: $509,581)

Project distance: 97.03 kilometres (District Council of Cleve: 73.2km; District Council of Kimba: 16.4km; District Council of Tumby Bay: 7.43km


District Councl of Kimba

Cross Street (PO Box 189)

Kimba SA 5641