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Hartsuyker announces $410,000 for Pacific Highway Black Spot.



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March 17, 2003

Hartsuyker announces $410,000 for Pacific Highway Black Spot One of the most potentially dangerous black spots on North Coast roads will be significantly improved following the announcement of more than $400,000 in Federal funding.

Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, announced today that corners near the Hungry Head turn off on the Pacific Highway will be adjusted and the condition of the road improved following a grant under the Coalition Government’s Black Spot Programme.

Mr Hartsuyker said $410,000 had been allocated to provide a non-skid pavement and adjustments to corners on the section of the Pacific Highway at Hungry Head.

“As recent holiday road tolls highlight, Australians can’t be complacent when it comes to reducing the toll,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Safer roads are estimated to contribute just under half of the 40% targeted reduction in the national fatality rate. Black Spot Programmes are expected to contribute over one-third of this reduction through safer roads over the period of the Plan.”

Mr Hartsuyker said although the Commonwealth is providing the funds, the co-operative effort between Federal, State and Local governments, in partnership with the local community was important in securing these funds.

“I know the Bellingen Shire Council has been particularly concerned about this section of road and welcomed their representations,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The Black Spot Programme is now in its seventh year and has been extraordinarily successful.

“In August 2001 an evaluation report of the Programme completed by the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics indicated the Programme has returned an average $14 in benefit for every $1 invested, preventing at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious injuries in its first three years.

“That makes the additional money which has been committed by the Commonwealth a wise investment in road safety and improved infrastructure.”

Mr Hartsuyker said in December 2002 the Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, in his role as Minister for Transport and Regional Services, released the 2003/2004 National Road Safety Action Plan, endorsed by all Australian Transport Ministers.

“The Plan includes improving dangerous locations on our roads through the vital National Black Spot Programme,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

In response to the Programme evaluation and in line with the National Road Safety Action Plan, the Government has extended the National Black Spot Programme at a cost of $180 million over four years.

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

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Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, points out to Carolyn Garner, a section of the road which will be improved following $410,000 in funding under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Programme.

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