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Hawker welcomes funding to fix Warrnambool's road black spots.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

Federal Member for Wannon

27 August 2008

HAWKER WELCOMES FUNDING TO FIX WARRNAMBOOL’S ROAD BLACK SPOTS

Serious road black spots in Warrnambool are to be fixed in coming months with almost $500,000 in Government funding, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

“Crucial funding to improve four Warrnambool black spots, including upgrading the round-abouts at Henna & Koroit Streets and Lava & Leibig Streets, and closing the roads at Cockman & Jamieson Streets and Merri & Kepler Streets, will help to improve safety on our local roads,” Mr Hawker said.

“I am very pleased that the Federal Government has continued black spot funding to fix these hazardous areas.

“I urge the Government to look closely at many other dangerous sections of roads in Western Victoria that will be identified by the community in coming months and years.

“Any concerned resident can suggest a location or a section of road for black spot funding using a nomination form that can be downloaded from www.auslink.gov.au,” he said.

Federal Labor has flip-flopped on the importance of the Black Spots funding program over the years. Labor invented it but despite clear evidence of the lives saved and crashed avoided, abolished the program in the early 1990s.

It took the Coalition’s return to Government in 1996 to reinstate this highly valuable program and fund it at an appropriate level. That allowed a large number of black spots in Western Victoria to be fixed over the past 12 years, despite the failure of the State Government to meet what is its own infrastructure responsibility.

“I welcome Federal Labor’s decision to follow the Coalition’s lead on the Black Spots program,” Mr Hawker said.

More information about these projects can be found at: http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/aa/releases/2008/August/index.htm

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