HUNDREDS of road workers fear for their jobs because the Federal Government has yet to commit to a key part of the South Rd upgrade, a peak lobby group says.
The head of South Australia’s Civil Contractors Federation has told the Sunday Mail that construction firms working on the North-South corridor will start looking interstate for work unless there is a federal commitment soon.
Head Phil Sutherland said a key section of the South Rd project, between Regency Rd and Pym St, was in doubt.
“Without a Federal Government funding commitment in the next few months, we can anticipate that the contractors and subcontractors and the hundreds of people involved on the Torrens to Torrens section will start demobilising and head for work elsewhere,” he said.
In its May Budget the State Government committed a 20 per cent share to the $400 million Regency Rd-Pym St project.
But this is dependent on the Federal Government making up the $332 million shortfall.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester said the Federal Government, which committed $1.6 billion to the first three priority stages of the North-South corridor, would consider funding the additional section in future budgets.