candidates speak before election

Labor candidate for Frome Annette Elliot said the Horrocks Highway would be her "priority" if elected at this weekend's state election.
Labor candidate for Frome Annette Elliot said the Horrocks Highway would be her "priority" if elected at this weekend's state election.

Candidates in the Frome electorate have had one last say on the Horrocks Highway in the lead up to this weekend’s state election.

The current state of the highway has been a contentious issue throughout this election campaign.

Three from five candidates have said that fixing the highway would be a priority should they win the seat of Frome.

Labor candidate Annette Elliot lives in Rhynie and frequently uses the Horrocks Highway.

“Personally I feel the highway between Clare and Gawler is dangerous and a disgrace,” she said.  

“I travel up and down this section of highway every week, and I suffer the same ‘bone crunching’, ’washing machine tumbling’ as all other motorists who use this road.

 “It is appalling when sick and injured ambulance passengers, and persons with disabilities – and their drivers – are rocked about on uneven road and subjected to the most discomfort of nightmares.”

She said the Horrocks would be a priority for her if elected.

Liberal candidate Kendall Jackson has been an outspoken supporter of upgrading the Horrocks.

In October last year the Liberal Party announced a Royalties for Regions fund that would see mining royalties used to upgrade regional roads.

Mrs Jackson said she would “fight” for the Horrocks to receive funding.

“The Horrocks Highway has been neglected by the Weatherill Labor Government for the last 16 years – there are dips and rises to navigate through and parts of it is literally crumbing away,” she said.

“If elected I'll be speaking with the local community across the electorate and compile a priority list of country roads in need of repair, so that I can ensure Frome receives its share of upgrades.

"I’ll be fighting to ensure that the Horrocks Highway is a priority for investment under a Marshall Liberal Government."

Independent candidate Geoff Brock is the incumbent Frome MP, having held the seat since 2009.

Mr Brock said he had been lobbying the state government to fix the Horrocks for a number of years.

“The Horrocks Highway has been an issue for many years and I have constantly been lobbying the minister for repairs and or reconstruction of this highway,” he said. “I have made it very clear at various forums and in the media that this highway is very high on my list and will continue to put pressure on all major parties and also whoever is in government after the election.”

Greens candidate Paul Birkwood and Dignity Party candidate Cat Connor did not respond before deadline.