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Black spot funds for Gulf Development Road.

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Leader of The Nationals in the Senate, Ron Boswell, today welcomed $140,000 in federal funds to improve the safety along the Gulf Development Road, 17 kilometres east of Georgetown.

The funding, from the Australian Government’s programme to improve road safety ‘black spots’, will be used by the Etheridge Shire Council to install guard rails on this section of road.

“The Australian Government’s $44.5 million AusLink Black Spot Programme treats identified black spots around the nation, with priority given to locations with a history of serious road accidents,” Senator Boswell said.

He acknowledged the efforts between all tiers of government, in partnership with local communities, to reduce the national road toll.

“The Black Spot Programme draws heavily on the community consultation process to help ensure that local road safety concerns are addressed.”

He said the Queensland panel, which reviews priorities for the programme, includes representatives of the RACQ, Queensland Trucking Association, Bicycle Queensland, Queensland Police and state and local government.

“The Black Spot Programme has been achieving road safety outcomes for ten years in some of the high casualty accident areas across Australia.

“There is widespread support for this successful programme and I’m pleased the Australian Government has decided to extend it for a further two years from 2006-07 to 2007-08 at a cost of $90 million.

“More lives will be saved as a result,” he said.

Senator Boswell said an evaluation of the Black Spot programme indicated that it returned around $14 in benefit for every $1 invested, preventing at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious injuries in its first three years of operation.

“More than $79.5 million has now been allocated to eliminating over 640 dangerous crash locations around Queensland since the Programme was re-introduced by the Coalition Government in

[18 November 2005]


More information on the programme is available online at or by telephoning 02 6274 7111.

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