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Luke Hartsuyker MP Assistant Minister for Employment Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

Media Contact: Jodi Blackmore 02 6652 6233 0448 935534 Email: jodi.blackmore@aph.gov.au

26 May 2015

Applications Open for Black Spot Funding

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is encouraging local councils to have their say on road black spots by nominating dangerous roads to be targeted for funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme.

The programme aims to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on roads by funding initiatives such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.

“Local government in Cowper already make a significant financial contribution to maintaining local roads, but this additional funding from the Government aims to ensure the maximum level of safety for road users without financially impacting councils further.

“Black Spot funding is all about saving lives. If we address accident-prone locations by investing in the infrastructure required to make them safe, we can reduce the risks to road users.

“The Black Spot Programme is very effective, especially where minor road improvements can lead to a much greater level of safety.

“In the last round of funding Kempsey Shire Council received $1.312 million, Coffs Harbour City Council received $443,000 and Bellingen Shire Council received $341,000 to address black spots, with projects approved to commence this year.

“As part of the Government’s commitment to road safety, we are guaranteeing that at least 50 per cent of funding provided under this programme is going to be spent on regional roads,” said Mr Hartsuyker.

The Australian Government is investing $500 million over five years in the Black Spot Programme and this will include an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 under the Infrastructure Growth Package to improve road safety across the country.

The current round of funding closes on 31 July 2015 and more information on the programme can be found at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/

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