Gee tees off over Curtis Road

MEMBER for Taylor Jon  Gee has labelled Playford Council’s attempt to shift the responsibility of Curtis Road to the State Government as a “cop-out”.

Speaking in parliament last week, Mr Gee raised issues about the high volume of traffic along Curtis Road.

As part of his address, Mr Gee detailed Playford Council’s plight to have the road transferred from a council to state-owned road.

“This really is a copout by the City of Playford, who should instead be working with state and federal government to prioritise the upgrade of this road,” he said.

Mr Gee also claimed to have written over “a thousand letters” to Playford Council, despite council records only showing 24 letters received from Mr Gee on the matter over a four-year

period.

“Amazingly, I have written over a thousand letters to Playford Council on behalf of our residents about problems with, or associated with, Curtis Road,” he said.

“The Member for Light (Tony Piccolo) and I are  going to continue calling on the City of Playford and the State Government to fund the upgrades to this road and its many intersections for as long as it takes.”

Council officially lodged its application to have the responsibility shifted with the Local Roads Advisory Committee in February 2018.

Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said due to the construction of the NorthernExpressway, Curtis Road is now acting as a “busy arterial road” and future upgrades should fall on both the state and federal governments.

“Due to the exponential growth of Playford Alive and surrounds, it makes sense for the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to take control of Curtis Road,” he said.

“Curtis Road is pivotal to the Playford Alive development and therefore the maintenance and responsibility of this busy arterial road should be shared between state and federal governments.

“That said, we are still committed to working with the new State Government to improve outcomes for our residents.”

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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