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$200,000 to save lives.

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$200,000 TO SAVE LIVES

Wednesday, 29 March 2006

An intersection in Nambeelup will be modified in order to improve safety and reduce fatalities, thanks to a grant of $200,000 under the Australian Government’s AusLink Black Spot Programme.

The intersection of Lakes Road and Gull Road in Nambeelup will be modified to include left and right run lanes and a median island.

Federal Member for Canning and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, the Hon Jim Lloyd announced the funding today as part of the $44.5 million AusLink Black Spot Programme.

Mr Randall welcomed the funding and acknowledged the co-operative effort between Australian, State and Local Governments, in partnership with local communities, to reduce the national road toll.

“It is clear that more needs to be done by all Australians to reduce fatalities on our roads,” Mr Randall said.

“I appreciate the community consultation process used to review these safety proposals. Widespread consultation helps ensure local concerns are addressed and funding is received for long standing trouble spots such as this intersection in Nambeelup.

Murray Shire President, Cr Noel Nancarrow was very pleased with the funding success.

“I would like to thank Mr Randall and the Federal Government for their support in recognising the need to upgrade this dangerous intersection. These funds will greatly assist the local community by expediting these works and ensuring a safer transport network. In the past five years there have been six serious crashes which have resulting in serious injuries and fatalities,” said Cr Nancarrow.

“These works will assist in eliminating these accidents. It is very pleasing to see our local member working to support the Shire on the problem of Black Spot funding,” he said.

“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,” said Mr Randall.

A total of 51 projects were approved in WA for 2006-07. More than $50.4 million has now been allocated to eliminating 630 dangerous crash locations around WA since the programme was reintroduced by the

Howard Government in 1996.

The Western Australian panel which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives of the Royal Automotive Club of WA, Transport Forum of WA Inc, Office of Road Safety and the state and local government.

The Australian Government has extended the programme for a further two years from 2006-07 to 2007-08 at a cost of $90 million.