Deputy Prime Minister visits Port Augusta
Posted on Monday, 6 August, 2018
July 27, 2018
Member for Grey
Rowan Ramsey was pleased to host Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for
Transport and Infrastructure, Michael McCormack in Port Augusta on Friday.
Mr Ramsey said
Minister McCormack’s visit gave him an opportunity to re-state the Federal
Government’s support for the duplication of the Joy Baluch Bridge.
“Make no mistake,
both the State and Federal Governments are fully committed to delivering the
new bridge”, Mr Ramsey said. “It is anticipated the project will cost $200m
with the Commonwealth providing eighty percent of the total.”
“While the project
is funded, it is important the Minister sees where the money he has allocated
is going to be spent and why it’s such an important project to Port Augusta and
the rest of the nation,” Mr Ramsey said.
also met with workers at the ARTC Flash Butt welding facility discussing orders
for rail from the facility including the current Adelaide-Tarcoola upgrade and
the Inland Rail Project in NSW.
“This work is
providing regional jobs at the facility and out on the track and importantly
lots of rail from Liberty OneSteel in Whyalla”, Mr Ramsey said.
While inspecting the
bridge Mr Ramsey said he and the DPM also met with the Port Augusta Rate Payers
Association, the three Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors, Dan van Holst Pellekaan and
Geoff Brock to discuss the Commonwealth’s commitment to the duplication of the
Joy Baluch Bridge.
“It’s not Michael’s
first visit to Grey”, Mr Ramsey said, “but it is his first as DPM and it was
terrific to have him back and have an opportunity to thank him for his support
and push the case for other top class projects such as the Port Wakefield dual
lane/overpass project and the sealing of the Strzelecki Track. It is important
we get visits from senior ministers in order to push the case for continued
The Deputy Prime Minister also spent time in Kadina Thursday afternoon
opening the redeveloped Copper Coast Sport and Leisure Centre which the Federal
Government committed over $4.8 million to through the National Stronger Regions
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