Work backlog

Traffic in Mt Barker’s growth areas has increased dramatically over the past few years, with the number of cars travelling Barker Road alone increasing by 35% per year between 2013 and 2018.

The revelation that less than half of the infrastructure works covered by a deed between the State Government and developers has been completed – more than a decade on from the rezoning of Mt Barker – is yet another sign that successive Governments have not kept up with the needs of the growing town.
Several of the incomplete projects were expected to be finished within five years of the deed being made in 2012, while many others were expected to be finished this year.
Yet a lot of projects on the list have not even begun.
While the council acknowledges these time-frames are merely estimates, and actual work timelines are informed by rates of development, it is becoming obvious that several of the projects that fall under the deed are becoming urgent.
Traffic in Mt Barker’s growth areas has increased dramatically over the past few years, with the number of cars travelling Barker Road alone increasing by 35% per year between 2013 and 2018.
Adelaide Road, the main thoroughfare into the town, is also highly congested during peak times – a problem that will only increase with more development.
Both the Liberal and Labor parties have claimed to be committed to providing the infrastructure that the region needs, yet neither has promised to fast-track the completion of the Heysen Boulevard or any other projects listed under the deed.
Investigations are occurring into some of the projects – including upgrades along Adelaide Road and at its roundabout intersection with Alexandrina, Wellington and Flaxley roads.
But projects of that scale often take years to reach completion after the investigation stage is over.
The Hills community needs Government at all levels that will take action, plan ahead and make sure that the needed infrastructure is in place before – not after – it’s needed.
Let’s hope whoever forms Government on March 19 is ready to put their words into action.