MEMBER for Light Tony Piccolo has accused State Transport Minister Stephan Knoll of playing “cynical political games” over the Tiver Road extension project.
The extension would allow the yet-to-be-constructed Gawler East link road (GELR) to connect with Tiver Road, diverting traffic away from Potts Road and the Potts Road/Main North Road intersection.
During last week’s parliamentary sitting, Mr Piccolo said Mr Knoll didn’t understand the project, and his commitment to establishing the connection had “waned since becoming a minister”.
“I have fought hard to obtain funding ($55 million) for the construction of the Gawler East link road, a road that the Member for Schubert has often advocated as a link from the northern suburbs of Adelaide to the southern Barossa region,” Mr Piccolo said.
“He expressed such an interest in the road over the past year that he joined with other Liberal MPs and the unsuccessful Liberal candidates in calling for the road to be extended further south
to Tiver Road.
“I support the extension of the road, however I do not support the preferred route of the Town of Gawler, which would negatively impact the residents who live along the Bentley Road corridor.
“Unfortunately, the Member for Schubert does not understand the impacts on the Evanston Park residents, who live along the route preferred by the Town of Gawler council.”
In October, Mr Knoll accused Mr Piccolo of failing to represent the interests of Light voters and instead wasting his time focusing on the crisis in the Middle East, before calling him out on a range of local infrastructure issues, including the GELR.
“What is more important – actually delivering for your electorate, the people who elected you into parliament, or trying to fix an intractable problem on the other side of the world?,” he said at the time.
Mr Piccolo responded to Mr Knoll’s address by saying he would not use his opportunity to speak in parliament as a chance to “attack another member”.