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Media Release


Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald

Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government




Acting Transport Minister and Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Senator Ian Macdonald today reconfirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to black spots funding.


Senator Macdonald said over $72 million had been spent over the last two years to upgrade black spots nation wide with another $36 million to be spent by the end of this financial year.


“Queensland taxpayers had benefited from improvements to Black Spots to the tune of over $2 million over the past three financial years, “Senator Macdonald said.


He said an additional allocation of around $7 million for Queensland and around $36 million for the nation, had been forecast for the 99-2000 financial year, in the ongoing war on some of the nation’s worst accident areas.


“The Howard Government has demonstrated its commitment to roads funding through its investment in Roads of National importance and by continuing the targeted Black Spots funding.”


“Wherever black spots funding is used, accidents decrease dramatically and lives are saved-and that’s something you can’t put a price on.”


Senator Macdonald said that during the recent Road Transport Forum ‘ Drive for Safety ’ truckies had highlighted to him the impact both on lives and the economic cost of wear and tear on vehicles caused by poor road conditions particularly at the black spots.


“Every cent spent on the nations roads, especially in regional areas where roads had deteriorated after decades of neglect and the impact of natural disasters, was an investment in the safety of road users.”


“While the need is always greater than the funds available, $145 million over four years was a significant and appropriate additional contribution to make to help improve safety on our roads.”


M35/98 Wednesday, 30 December 1998


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