Residents of the Mackellar electorate received a major roadsafety boost today with the Australian Government announcing it will invest$111,000 towards fixing the of Grandview Drive near Seaview Avenue in Newportunder the 2021–22 Black Spot Program.
The funding will beused to install intersection and/or pedestrian crossing improvements, streetlighting, raised guide on centre of road, upgrade road pavement and installreflective pavement markers
Federal Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski MP saidcommunity input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.
“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains onall affected communities but particularly the families and friends of thevictims,” the Member for Mackellar said.
“I am pleased to see that projects like the one in Newportwill be delivered under the 2021–22 funding round.”
“The Liberal and Nationals Government are committed tosecuring our recovery and keeping our communities safe.”
“None of theseprojects would be delivered without the community’s vital input and I encourageall residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for futurefunding rounds.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure,Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce announced New South Waleswould receive $34.4 million in 2021–22 under the latest round of programfunding, with Local and State Governments contributing a further $2.5 millionto the successful projects.
“The Liberal andNationals Government is committed to making roads safer in NSW and right acrossthe nation,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Representing aregional electorate myself, I know first-hand how road crashes causing deathand injury affect smaller communities, so I am very pleased to be able toannounce today the details of how this round of Black Spot funding will bedistributed.”
“By specifically targeting road locations with a history orrisk of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lightsand roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury anddeath at those sites by around 30 per cent,” Deputy Prime Minister said.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight TransportScott Buchholz said the 97 Black Spot projects across New South Wales wouldmake an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths onNSW and built on previous investments in the state.
“This Government isinvesting in road safety upgrades right across the nation to ensure Australiansget home sooner and safer, as even one death or one serious injury crash on ourroads is one too many,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This new fundingwill see total investment through the Black Spot Program in NSW rise to $292.2million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”
The Australian Government has committed a record $1.1billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2023–24 to improve roadsafety across the nation.
For more information on the Australian Government’s BlackSpot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visitinvestment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.