RAA supports budget funding boost for tourism, transport and transparent fuel pricing

2 June, 2022

RAA is hailing today’s State Budget funding boost for tourism, the road network and the Real Time Fuel Pricing scheme as a significant win for our members and South Australia.

The funding packages announced by the government feature both long-term and short-term road and tourism infrastructure investments in response to major items on RAA’s budget submission.

RAA’s key priorities in its state budget submission included improvements to road safety to reduce death and injures, and investment in local tourism and transport networks to enhance the liveability of our communities.

RAA Senior Manager of Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said the $1.8m funding to continue the Real-Time Fuel Pricing scheme during the next four years would prove popular with motorists.

“Since the two-year trial of the scheme began in March last year, it has provided crucial information to help motorists find the cheapest fuel prices and save money at the pump,’’ he said.

“We will continue working with the government to progress the permanent establishment of this scheme.

“We also welcome the government’s commitment to the $125m full duplication of Main South Road between Seaford and Sellicks Beach.

“Road users would also be glad to see grade separation and road alignment at Aldinga Beach Road and Aldinga Road, along with overtaking lanes between Myponga and Cape Jervis.’’

RAA has welcomed the government’s pre-budget announcements for a $200m tram crossing upgrade to reduce congestion on Marion Road, Cross Road, and Anzac Highway.

“The $45 million boost to marketing SA as a tourism destination, and $1.6 million funding of the Tourism Industry Council of South Australia to provide tourist business coaching and a program to encourage young people to consider a career in tourism are also welcomed,’’ he said.

Mr Mountain said the SA community would also continue to reap the benefits of the ongoing investment in the maintenance of the road network.

Major announcements made in response to RAA engagement included:

  • $200m upgrade of Marion Road  
  • $40m to bring new events to the state and attracting international and interstate visitors with it. 
  • $45m boost to SA tourism marketing
  • $20m over two years for upgrade of the state’s outback road network
  • $5.2m to provide free unlimited public transport for seniors and $30m over four years for a new dedicated express service fleet and depot for Mount Barker and the Adelaide Hills.
  • $50m funding boost to upgrade the Horrocks Highway

RAA’s 2020/21 State Budget submission can be found at Submissions – See our submissions to the SA Government | RAA