Minister puts brakes on Woodside road repairs

Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has refused to fund half of a proposed $500,000 upgrade of a road near the Inverbrackie detention facility and has effectively scuttled the project.

Deputy Mayor Bill Gale lives on Riverview Road and has seen first-hand the rise in traffic. He is disappointed with the Federal Government’s decision not to support a major upgrading of the route to the Inverbrackie detention centre.

Instead the Minister has offered the Adelaide Hills Council $50,000 towards increased maintenance of Riverview Road which has become a well-used route to the nearby detention centre.
Car movements on the road have jumped 70% since the facility opened in late 2010, with 500 vehicles per day in 2008 increasing to 870 in 2011. More heavy vehicles, particularly buses, were also using the road to access the centre.
The council said the road was not designed for such heavy traffic and needed to be widened and have a sharp corner rebuilt to improve the camber to cater for the increase in larger vehicles.
Adelaide Hills Mayor Bill Spragg recently told elected members that he had a “one-on-one” meeting with the Minister in June.

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