Planning and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has weighed in on the heavily-debated Kingston Drive extension road war. The Minister condemned Liberal candidate for the region Michelle Boylan for “not telling the truth about what is happening with particular projects”. “I find that specifically during election campaigns, councillors or mayors who have been on the council for years somehow claim that a project is someone else’s responsibility when they have done nothing on it,” Ms Saffioti said. “I see that happen time and again. “I find it interesting that in the planning debate whenever we look at shifting responsibilities from local to State governments, people get very angry and say we cannot do that, yet local governments, particularly some councillors, never take responsibility for not delivering projects in their area. This grievance is an example of that.” Mrs Boylan, who is a Harvey shire councillor, is campaigning against Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke for the seat of Murray-Wellington. Mrs Boylan said she was “getting on with the job of listening to people in Murray-Wellington”. “It is clear Murray-Wellington needs an MP who works for them, someone who isn’t obsessed with finger pointing and political point scoring. “Locals want to see the Kingston Drive extension delivered, more police, secure jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.” Mrs Saffioti said the Shire of Harvey was the reason for the road’s hold-up. “Kingston Drive is a local road under the care and control of the Shire of Harvey,” Ms Saffioti said. “We really understand — particularly the member for Murray-Wellington — that this road is really important and that it has been on the agenda for many, many years and residents want the project progressed. “It is time to provide some clarity on this case.” Mrs Clarke said the State Government was not causing the hold up and the road needed permission to be built on native title from the Federal Government as well as an amendment from the Harvey Shire Council “on outstanding matters”. Ms Saffioti said the Shire of Harvey had still not requested such an amendment. Harvey shire president Paul Gillett said the shire had been continuing to work with the State Government to ensure the Kingston Drive project could get under way. “The shire understands the importance of building this road and will continue to work closely with State Government agencies to progress the project for the benefit of the community,” he said. He said he and shire staff met Environment Minister Stephen Dawson’s office last week to discuss the project in a bid to obtain a clearing permit.