Brock's push paid off for Goyder Highway road users

RESULTS: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock said he is delighted to announce after three years of lobbying the Goyder Highway will see improvements.
RESULTS: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock said he is delighted to announce after three years of lobbying the Goyder Highway will see improvements.
IMPROVEMENT: Road users will soon be able to travel 110kmh on the Goyder Highway between Crystal Brook and Gulnare.

IMPROVEMENT: Road users will soon be able to travel 110kmh on the Goyder Highway between Crystal Brook and Gulnare.

Geoff Brock is on the road to success.

Drivers will soon be able to travel at 110kmh between Crystal Brook and Gulnare, after an announcement by Independent Frome MP Mr Brock.

This comes after three years of lobbying the state government and Mr Brock said he is delighted there will soon be improvements to the stretch.

"I began campaigning for road improvements after the speed limit on this road was reduced to 100kmh from 110kmh, as part of a statewide review of rural roads which were in poor condition," he said.

He said the change by the previous government had been unnecessary.

"The road has always been in very good condition," he said.

Mr Brock said he raised the issue with the then government the following year, 2017.

He kept his patience and again raised the matter in Parliament in 2019. It was here Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the government was committed to reinstating the speed limits on eight regional roads, which were similarly affected by lowered speed limits.

"I am pleased to note that through Australian Government funding through the Rural Roads Safety Package that works have begun to improve several shoulders on the Goyder Highway, which will become part of the move forward to reinstate the higher speed limits," he said.

Mr Brock said he wants to make certain that once the work is done on the road that the speed limit will be raised to 110kmh.

"We have got to have some consistency on that stretch. The government said it has not been up to the standard of a 110kmh road so they are doing some work on it," he said.

He is driving the message to road users that they must adapt to the conditions.

He said the community would welcome the change back to the 110kmh speed limit with ninety-four percent of road users surveyed supporting the initiative.

Liberal Frome State Electoral Council president Kendall Jackson, who campaigned to have the speed limit reinstated, said she welcomes the roadworks and is looking forward to seeing the speed limit sign changed.

"I'm just so pleased we have governments that talk to each other, so that we can get projects like these happening," she said.

This story Brock's push for improvements to Goyder Highway first appeared on The Flinders News.

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