Urgent safety upgrade needed for fatal intersection

A dangerous intersection where the Port Germein Road  and the Augusta Highway meet about 5km east of Port Pirie, locally known as Georges Corner, has come under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

The site of numerous accidents and fatalities, the intersection has again become the target of lobbying by Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock MP.

Mr Brock has had some success in calling for upgrades to the road, with the former government applying some fixes in 2016, including the installation of vehicle-activated illuminated warning signs on two approaches, reinforcing the message drivers need to stop, as well as the installation of a right-hand turn lane into Nelshaby Road.

However, accidents continue to occur, and Mr Brock is calling for the State Liberal Government to put the intersection high on its priority list for safety upgrades.

“Although I have been successful in raising the issue with the former Government, more needs to be done, and I have contacted Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Stephan Knoll on the matter,” Mr Brock said.

“Recent announcements that the State Government will commit to a $750 million Royalties for Regions investment in regional roads and infrastructure over the next decade makes me optimistic that Georges Corner will be a primary consideration for funding.”

That Liberal Candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson also supported a road safety upgrade for the intersection gives Mr Brock hope that Georges Corner is already on the Government’s radar.

“I am looking forward to discussing the issue, and that of other essential State Government road infrastructure in my electorate, with the Minister,” Mr Brock said.