Mr BELL (Mount Gambier) (15:26): My question is to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Can the minister outline what compensation avenues are available to motorists who experience damage to their car tyres and rims due to deep potholes and poor road maintenance in the South-East?
The Hon. C.L. WINGARD (Gibson—Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing) (15:26): I am happy to take that question on notice. I don't have an answer for the member other than to say—and we had chatted about this offline—it was quite a wet winter through July and August. I thought it was a little bit wetter in August, but I am informed by the member for MacKillop actually that it was wetter in the South-East in July. That sort of rainfall, and the record levels that I am told they had, does often lead to potholes on those roads. Again, we do know the history of the roads across South Australia, especially the regional roads and the road maintenance backlog that we were left with.
We have been doing a lot of work there. The Riddoch Highway in particular—I was just down in the South-East not that long ago, and the work that was going on there was outstanding. As far as the potholes are concerned, and any damage that may have occurred, no doubt that would need to be investigated and checked out from that level. But I am very happy to take the member's question on notice, find out more detail and specifics and relay that back to the department. I can also let the member know that I know a lot of works have been happening over recent weeks, as far as repairing some of those potholes from that wet winter that I was talking about.
So that work is underway. As soon as it does dry out enough, that's when that work can start and I am told it has been starting as the nice spring weather comes through. Of course, it's very hard to repair a pothole and do that whilst it is still raining cats and dogs. So that repair work is happening. As far as the specifics of the incident that the member for Mount Gambier is talking about, I am very happy to get those specifics and have a look into it for him.