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ID: 314 Region: All Regions Type: Press Releases Published: 10/4/2001

Title: $610,000 Federal funding for black spot projects

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Press Release Ref: 314

Published: 10/4/2001

Title: $610,000 Federal funding for black spot projects

The Federal Government will spend $610,000 on improving serious road crash locations in the Federal electorate of Eden-Monaro as part of the Road Safety Black Spot Program, Mr Gary Nairn MP, announced today.

“I am pleased to announce that four projects have received approval in Eden-Monaro. Three of which are in Queanbeyan, and include traffic signals on Ross Road at Uriarra, the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Lanyon Drive and Southbar Road, and the erection of traffic signals on Canberra Avenue between Gilmore and Kendall Streets. The fourth project will see the full signal control of right turning between the Princes Highway and Beach Road in Batemans Bay,” said Mr Nairn.

“I am delighted that these projects have been approved, as this will go a long way to improving the safety

of those particular locations.

“Another location for which the Eurosouth Committee has applied for Black Spot funding is the northern approach to the Narooma Bridge. While this has not been funded in this round, I understand that this is due to the need for more work and information from both the RTA and the Eurobodalla Shire Council. I will continue my support of Eurosouth for Black Spot funding and trust that both the RTA and the Council complete the additional work necessary as soon as possible.

Mr Nairn expressed appreciation to the New South Wales Community Consultative Panel for their assistance in the consideration of these proposals. The panel included representatives of the road transport industry, NSW Police and state and local government.

Senator Ron Boswell, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, said, “since 1996 this government has put approximately $40 million per annum to treating some of the nations worst accident locations. It has been estimated that each $40 million investment in black spots will reduce road trauma by at least eight fatalities and 320 serious injuries a year. These are very significant community savings.”

Any individual or agency may nominate a road location for consideration under the program. Federal Road Safety Black Spot Program information kits explaining how to do this, including site nomination forms, are available from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which administers the program, at www.atsb.gov.au or by telephoning toll free 1800 026 349.

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