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Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Page: 4195

Mr JOHN COBB (Calare) (13:52): I rise in the House today to talk about the government's Black Spot Program. Calare's local government associations have been big winners under this program, receiving funding for 21 black spots. Calare has been allocated more than $5.2 million for fixing our local roads. I pay tribute to all the councils who have worked tirelessly on their applications, especially Orange City Council, which has received nearly $2 million to fix 11 notorious black spots.

As Chair of the New South Wales Black Spot Consultative Panel I made sure all MPs in New South Wales knew there was this great opportunity for their LGAs to identify roads needing safety upgrades. Bathurst Regional Council has received funding for two black spots, while Lithgow and Cabonne councils have both received funding for four. There is no doubt that there was a particular need for dangerous spots to be upgraded in Calare, and that has been reflected in the funding.

This program is incredibly worth while. I hope it continues at its present level. It has been a fantastic opportunity to be part of delivering funding that will save lives.