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Adrian Black

Roads and tax package for flooded SA

Authorities estimate almost 12,00km of road may have been impacted by SA flood waters. (Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

South Australian residents and businesses affected by recent floods will be offered tax relief while $60 million will be allocated to road repairs.

Under the measures, homeowners whose principal residence was damaged or destroyed by flood will be eligible for stamp duty relief of up to $48,830 on a new home.

Premier Peter Malinauskas said tax relief was a sensible way to assist households and businesses as they worked through the recovery.

"Some homes will not be repairable," he said.

"Others will take considerable time to fix."

The multimillion-dollar road repair fund will be sourced from within existing allocations and allow urgent repairs to Bookpurnong Road and other damaged state and council roads to proceed with certainty.

The announcement comes as the state's Riverland prepares to reopen transport links between Berri and Loxton, with light vehicles expected to return to Bookpurnong Road within the next fortnight.

The South Australian State Emergency Service estimates almost 12,00km of road and nearly 3300 properties, including more than 360 principal places of residence, may have been impacted by flood waters.

The state government will also waive land tax requirements for business properties and long-term residential rentals significantly damaged or destroyed.

Holiday rentals will be eligible for land tax relief where an owner can demonstrate loss of income but full-time holiday houses will not.

There will also be stamp duty relief on vehicles purchased to replace those damaged or destroyed by inundation.

Owners will be entitled to relief equivalent to the Emergency Services Levy paid on the active registration period of their lost or destroyed vehicle.

A tourism marketing and voucher scheme is expected to be outlined by the end of the month.

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