Dangerous areas on local roads of QLD, WA, and NSW will receive $32.9 million in funding to improve their safety.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack announced over 100 successful projects under the 2018-19 Black Spot Program.
“Road safety is a national problem and matters to every single community,” Mr McCormack said.
“These 144 projects will fix some of the most notorious areas in the country and I am glad to announce approximately half the total funding is allocated to Black Spots in regional areas.”
“Accidents on our roads cost Australians approximately $30 billion per year—let alone the pain borne by families and friends who have lost loved ones,” he said.
Mr McCormack said the Black Spot Program is one of the most effective safety measures the Federal Government has at its disposal.
“Ahead of the Easter long weekend there is no better time to discuss road safety. So far 188 people have sadly lost their lives on our roads in 2018,” he said.
“On average Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.”
Mr McCormack said the Federal Government has extended the Black Spot Program and is providing $60 million a year from 2021-22 onwards, and builds on the current $684.5 million investment from 2013-14 to 2020-2021.
“I would like to thank the three Chairs of the Black Spot Consultative Panels – Ann Sudmalis, Llew O’Brien and Senator Dean Smith. If we save one life on each of these projects it will be due in no small part to the advocacy and hard work of these three local champions of road safety,” he said.
To nominate a blackspot for funding, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/black_spot/ .