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More black spot improvements for Atherton, Charters Towers, Eacham and Johnstone Shires.



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MEDIA RELEASE

Senator The Hon Ron Boswell

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

28 October 2002 B111/2002

MORE BLACK SPOT IMPROVEMENTS FOR ATHERTON, CHARTERS TOWERS, EACHAM AND JOHNSTONE SHIRES

As part of the Federal government's National Black Spot Programme, Parliamentary Secretary, National Party Senator Ron Boswell, today announced funding for further road safety projects to be undertaken throughout Queensland.

The Federal government will spend more than $2.1 million on nine road safety projects in the electorate of Kennedy. The projects include constructing a pedestrian refuge at the intersection of Elisabeth Street and Mosman Street, Charters Towers, and widening and sealing shoulders, installing a safety ramp and other road safety treatment along a length of the Palmerston Highway, Beatrice River.

Senator Boswell expressed appreciation for the community consultation process used to review site proposals. "Widespread consultation helps ensure local concerns are addressed", he said. "The Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel includes representatives of the road transport industry, community groups and state and local government."

Senator Boswell noted the co-operative effort by Federal, State and Local governments in partnership with the community to reduce the national road toll.

Senator Boswell also noted the overall success of the Black Spot Programme across the country.

"Across Australia this financial year, we are spending a total of $45 million dollars on improving road black spots, a significant increase from $38 million last year," he said

"On 15 August last year I released an evaluation report of the Programme completed by the Bureau of Transport Economics. The report indicated the Programme has been extraordinarily successful returning an average $14 in benefit for every $1 invested, and preventing at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious injuries in its first three years".

In response to this review, the Federal government has delivered on its commitment to extend the Black Spot Programme for a further four years. In the recent Federal budget, $180 million was allocated over four years to reducing trauma on Australia's roads. At least half of this funding will be spent in regional areas.

Black Spot Programme information is available on line at www.dotars.gov.au or by telephoning 02 6274 7467.

Details of the approved Black Spot projects for the electorate are attached.

Media Contacts

Paul Leven ( Senator Boswell's Office ) 07 3001 8150

NATIONAL BLACK SPOT PROGRAMME PROJECT INFORMATION REPORT Projects in Queensland, Federal Electorate of Kennedy included in Program Year 2002/2003

Local Government

Reference Location Treatment Estimated Cost

Atherton Shire Council Q03065 Kennedy Hwy Beantree Rd

UPGRADE INTERSECTION/ WIDEN SHOULDERS/ NON-SKID TREATMENT/ PAVEMENT MARKINGS

$100,000

Atherton Shire Council Q03074 Kennedy Hwy Rocky Rd

UPGRADE INTERSECTION/ NON-SKID TREATMENT/ PAVEMENT MARKINGS

$150,000

Charter Towers City Council Q03046 Elisabeth St

Mosman St

PEDESTRIAN REFUGE $12,000

Charter Towers City Council Q03056 Mosman St

Mary St

MEDIANS $15,000

Eacham Shire Council Q03055 Palmerston Hwy WIDEN AND SEAL SHOULDERS/ SAFETY RAMP/

DELINEATION

$750,000

Eacham Shire Council Q03062 Gordonvale-Atherton Rd

WIDEN SHOULDERS/ NON-SKID TREATMENT/ IMPROVED SIGNAGE/ EDGELINE MARKING

$320,000

Eacham Shire Council Q03067 Gordonvale-Atherton Rd

ASPHALT PAVEMENT WITH SHOULDER ENHANCEMENT

$135,000

Eacham Shire Council Q03069 Millaa

Millaa-Malanda Rd WIDEN SHOULDERS/ IMPROVE SIGNAGE/ NON-SKID TREATMENT/EDGELINES

$95,000

Johnston Shire Council Q03075 Flying Fish Point Rd WIDEN BITUMEN SEAL/ IMPROVE SUPERELEVATION/

EDGELINES

$600,000

         Total Estimated Cost for Year

2002/2003

$2,177,000

         Total Estimated Cost $2,177,000

 

URL: http://www.ministers.dotars.gov.au/rb/releases/2002/october/B111_2002.htm