Opposition’s “Report Your Road” campaign ready to drive change

The Liberal Opposition’s “Report Your Road” campaign is gaining momentum, with more than a hundred submissions dobbing in dodgy regional roads in less than three weeks.

From shoulders that are crumbling, to dangerous deep potholes, and calls for added overtaking lanes, South Australians from right across the state have been reporting regional roads they’d like to see improved via the “Report Your Road” website and dedicated text line.

A number of these submissions are from the Mid North, Upper Spencer Gulf and Southern Flinders Ranges, where Opposition Leader David Speirs is currently visiting over two days.

Among roads reported being in poor condition include the Abattoirs Road train crossing at Warnertown, Possum Park Road between Laura and the Wilkins Highway, and Booleroo Road (Willowie to Booleroo) – which Grain Producers SA has also named as one of the state’s worst grain roads.

Regional roads have become an afterthought for Peter Malinauskas, after he failed to appoint a new, standalone Minister for Regional Roads following Geoff Brock’s resignation.

Mr Speirs said it’s clear the condition of our regional roads is a priority for South Australians around the state, and he will be talking about the campaign in every region he visits.

“Regional roads are part of the backbone of our state, and it’s vital they’re well maintained for South Australia’s economic prosperity and the safety of all who use them,” he said.

“Our Report Your Road campaign is not just about highlighting the problems, it's also about taking action to address them.

“We know our regional roads have been abandoned by city-centric Labor, so these submissions will inform us where we should advocate for greater funding and where a future Liberal Government should be looking to invest.

“South Australians deserve safe, reliable roads no matter where they live, so we’ll keep reminding Peter Malinauskas and Labor they can’t afford to neglect our regions any longer.”

Shadow Minister for Regional Roads, Adrian Pederick, said despite Labor turning its back on regional roads they remain a key priority for the Liberals.

“In my 18 years as a regional MP, I’ve travelled over a million kilometres of regional roads, and I’ve seen the impact of what happens when you let roads fall into disrepair,” Mr Pederick said.

“It’s exactly what Labor did in their previous term of government, and sadly we’re seeing history repeat itself now with Labor cutting regional road funding.

“The feedback we’ve received so far during this campaign is painting a grim picture, and we can’t allow Labor to let our regional road network fall into further disrepair.

“I’d encourage anyone who is concerned about the state of our regional roads to ‘Report Your Road’ and help us fight for the recognition and resources they deserve.”


Travelling on a road in regional South Australia that’s in bad shape? Take a photo and text it to 0416 823 055 with the location and your name.

For more information about Report Your Road, visit reportyourroadsa.com.au

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