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Nigel Scullion appointed new Chairman of NT Black Spots Consultative Committee.



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25 July 2002 B74/2002

NIGEL SCULLION APPOINTED NEW CHAIRMAN OF NT BLACK SPOTS CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for Transport, Senator Ron Boswell, today announced the appointment of Country Liberal Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion to the position of Chairman of the NT Black Spot Consultative Panel.

"It is my pleasure to announce that Senator Scullion has accepted the position of Chairman and his appointment is effective immediately," Senator Boswell said.

"I congratulate Senator Scullion on his appointment and also his predecessor, Senator Grant Tambling, on his exemplary service to the Panel," he said

"Senator Scullion's commitment to providing better infrastructure for the people of the Northern Territory is becoming well-known among his colleagues and the public, and his appointment to this position will enable him to take a leadership role in making sure we deliver safer roads for Territory motorists, in cooperation with the community as well as Territory and local governments," Senator Boswell said.

The Howard/Anderson Government's Federal Black Spot programme was introduced in 1996 and concentrates on providing funds for upgrading accident 'black spots' on State and local roads.

After a review of the Black Spots Programme, released by Senator Boswell in August last year, concluded that it had been successful in returning an average $14 in benefit for every $1 invested, Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, announced on 22 October that the programme would be extended for a further four years to the tune of $180 million. $90 million of this funding is to be spent in regional Australia.

The NT Black Spot Consultative Panel is responsible for considering and commenting upon all proposals put forward for Black Spot funding, and making submissions to the Transport Minister regarding these proposals.

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

Media Contact: Paul Leven 07 3001 8150 / 0417 225 176