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Queensland to gain from high priority black spot safety improvements.

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Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Ron Boswell, today announced funding for 80 identified high priority road safety projects to be completed throughout Queensland. The projects make up a $7.7 million programme of works as part of the Federal Government’s National Black Spot Programme.

Road safety treatments funded under the programme include roundabouts, traffic signals and edgelines and range in value from $7,000 to $400,000. Project details are attached.

Approximately half of all funds have been made available for projects in non-metropolitan areas. “Thirty-four projects with a total value in excess of $3.8 million have been approved in important regional centres, including Toowoomba, Mackay and Rockhampton,” Senator Boswell said.

More than 500 projects have now been approved in Queensland since the Black Spot Programme was re-introduced in 1996 under the Coalition government. “With the invaluable assistance of the Queensland Consultative Panel, ably Chaired by my National Party colleague, Paul Neville, over $64 million has now been allocated to eliminate dangerous locations around the State,” he said.

Senator Boswell acknowledged the co-operative effort between Federal, State and Local Government, in partnership with the local community, to reduce the national road toll.

Senator Boswell also noted the overall success of the Black Spot Programme across the country. “The Black Spot Programme, now in its seventh year, has been extraordinarily successful. In August 2001 I released an evaluation report of the Programme completed by the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics. The report 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,” Senator Boswell said.

“The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr John Anderson, in his role as Minister for Transport and Regional Services, released in December 2002 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. Safer roads are estimated to contribute just under half of the 40 per cent 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,” Senator Boswell 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.

Black Spot Programme information is available on line at (under ‘Transport’-‘Transport Programmes’) or by telephoning 02 6274 6172.


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