The Rudd Labor Government will invest $1,798,300 to fix 11 dangerous black spots on local roads, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese and Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, announced today.

Nationally, the funding the Black Spots Program for 2008/09 has been almost tripled from $50 million to $144.7 million, under the Government’s $4.7 billion and $42 billion ‘Nation Building’ plans to support jobs, families and businesses during the current global economic downturn.

The plans were announced by the Prime Minister in December 2008 and February 2009.

“The Rudd Government has not only honoured its election commitment to increase ongoing black spot funding by a massive 33 per cent, up to $59.5 million per year from 2009/10, but is also providing significant additional funding under the Nation Building packages,” Mr Albanese said.

“This is a serious investment in safer roads for local motorists and their families that will have a direct beneficial impact on our roads.”

Six projects in Page worth $813,300 have been approved under the $4.7 billion Nation Building Package.

  • $270,000 to change the road alignment and install guard rail and chevrons on a 3.3km section of Kyogle Road near Cawongla.
  • $250,000 to provide shoulders, guide posts, delineation and signage on a 500 metre section of Blue Knob Road near Milgate Road at Blue Knob.
  • $180,000 for shoulder widening and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Casino and Wilson streets in Lismore,
  • $49,000 to install signs and guard rail on Summerland Way near Gradys Creek Road at The Risk,
  • $48,800 to seal approaches and install guard rail off the ends of Eden Creek Bridge on Eden Creek Road at Wyneden, and
  • $15,500 to provide curve warning signs on 2.1km section of Bentley Road at Boorabee Park.

Mr Albanese and Ms Saffin also announced a further five projects worth $985,000 as part of the 2009-10 ongoing Black Spot Program. 

  • $220,000 for shoulder widening and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Hunter and Magellan streets in Lismore.
  • $220,000 for shoulder widening and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Brewster and Magellan streets in Lismore
  • $200,000 to provide a channelised right turn from Bugden Avenue to Pearces Creek Road and provide a raised pavement profile in Pearces Creek Road in Alstonville
  • $195,000 to upgrade the intersection of Pearces Creek Road and Rifle Range Road at Alstonville.
  • $150,000 to improve curve delineation on a short section of Summerland Way at Dairy Flat.

Mr Albanese and Ms Saffin said that the projects were assessed and recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts.

“The Black Spot program has a proven track record of saving lives.  An evaluation of the program has shown that it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious injuries in its first three years,” Ms Saffin said.

“It also returns around $14 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.”

A further $90 million in Black Spot funding was announced in February 2009 under the Government’s $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs Package. The additional Black Spots for this funding allocation are currently being considered and will be announced shortly.