Black Spot Program Funds To Save Lives In Durack
August 15, 2019
Residents of the Durack electorate have received a major road safety boost with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government announcing it will invest more than $800 000 in road projects under the 2019–20 Black Spot Program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced Western Australia would receive an additional $6.13 million for the state under the Black Spot Program’s 2019–20 funding round, bringing total funding for 2019–20 to $14.35 million.
“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to making roads safer in Western Australia and right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.
“Representing a regional electorate myself, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities, so I am very pleased to be able to announce today the details of how this round of Black Spot funding will be distributed.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said by specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent.
“Fixing the 34 black spots identified in Western Australia over the next 12 months will play a crucial role in helping us achieve that goal, “Mr Buchholz said.
Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Durack community’s input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.
"Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims,” Ms Price said.
“I am pleased to see that projects such as 2 black spots in the Wheatbelt town of Narembeen to realign a town road and to improve the safety of an intersection delivered under the 2019–20 funding round, has received $625 000. In the North, $253 000 has been granted to the Derby Shire to upgrade an intersection.
“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input and I encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds,” Ms Price said.
The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2022–23 to improve road safety across the nation.
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.
Mr McCormack – Tess Salmon 0467 740 017 | Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254
Mr Buchholz – Matt Dustan 0411 535 072
Ms Price – Rose Crane 04275 587 395