Yorke Peninsula route named SA’s Worst Grain Road

Upper Yorke Road on the Yorke Peninsula has been revealed as the Worst Grain Road in South Australia in Grain Producers SA (GPSA)’s Worst Grain Road 2022 Report, released today.

The Report identifies the top ten Worst Grain Roads across South Australia, as voted by the grain producer community, with almost 150 individual submissions identifying 58 different roads in desperate need of repair.

GPSA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said the feedback from grain producers painted a bleak picture of the condition of key freight routes.

“The feedback we received through the Worst Grain Roads campaign demonstrates that critical grain routes are falling into disrepair and need urgent investment and attention,” said Mr Perry.

“The campaign has shown that grain producers are not just losing productivity due to the condition of the Federal, State and Local Government roads highlighted in the top ten of the Worst Grain Road campaign, but they fear for their safety and that of others travelling these routes.

“This is a damning report into the condition of key freight routes for a grain sector worth more than $3 billion to our state.
“For those who make decisions on where to invest in South Australia’s road network, GPSA is calling on these top ten Worst Grain Roads to receive immediate investment in repairs and upgrades and we will be relentlessly lobbying for a fix to these routes.”

The top ten Worst Grain Roads, as voted by the grain producer community are:

  1. Upper Yorke Road (Arthurton to Kulpara)
  2. Nine Mile Road (Malinong)
  3. Worlds End Highway (Robertstown to Eudunda)
  4. Mallee Highway
  5. Flinders Highway
  6. Owen Road (Hamley Bridge to Templers)
  7. Booleroo Road (Willowie to Booleroo)
  8. Templers Road (Freeling to Templers)
  9. Frances Road (Frances to Hynam)
  10. Barrier Highway (Saddleworth to Burra)

The number one ‘Worst Grain Road’ in South Australia as voted by grain producers, truck drivers and community members is Upper Yorke Road – specifically the 36-kilometre stretch between Kulpara and Arthurton.

Respondents called the road “shocking” and others highlighted the road’s numerous potholes, undulations, and crumbling edges, many of which made vehicles “hard to control when you drop tyres off the edge”. The dangerously narrow nature of the road was also criticised, with many remarking that it was very difficult for trucks to pass safely.

To download the Worst Grain Road 2022 Report, click here.

Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing the 4,500 grain farming businesses in South Australia.