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Road safety improvements for Ballarat.



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Julian McGauran Liberal Senator for Victoria

ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR BALLARAT

Thursday, 30 March 2006

Ballarat will receive $108,000 from the Federal Government for the 2006-2007 programme year for Black Spot road safety improvements.

Works include the installation of speed reduction devices, signage improvements and the installation of a fully controlled right turn at two locations in Ballarat. A list of works is attached.

Liberal Senator for Victoria, Julian McGauran, announced the funding today as part of the $44.5 million Black Spot Programme.

“Black Spot funding priority is given to locations with a history of serious road accidents. Following a series of road accidents and fatalities in and around Ballarat, this funding

is very important in improving safety on the roads for Ballarat residents and reducing road trauma” Senator McGauran said.

Senator McGauran acknowledged the co-operative effort between the Federal Government and local government in reducing the national road toll.

“It is clear that more needs to be done by all Australians to reduce fatalities on our roads. I appreciate the community consultation process used to review these safety proposals. Widespread consultation helps ensure local concerns are addressed” Senator McGauran said.

The Victorian panel, which reviews priorities for the programme, includes representatives of the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Victorian Transport Association, Victoria Police and state and local government.

“The Black Spot Programme, now in its eleventh year, continues to ensure work is carried out at some of the high casualty accident areas across the nation, Senator McGauran said.

“In recognition of its success, the Federal Government has extended the programme for a further two years from 2006-07 to 2007-08 at a cost of $90 million” Senator McGauran said.

Information is available online at http://www.auslink.gov.au or by telephoning 02 6274 7111.