August 10, 2020

Residents of Mount Mercer and Warrnambool have received a significant road safety boost with the Australian Government announcing it will invest $1.4 million towards the two projects under the 2020–21 Black Spot Program.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said community input was critical to identifying black spots in the electorate.

“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims,” Mr Tehan said.

“I am pleased to see that projects at Shelford-Mt Mercer Road north of Grahams Road at Mount Mercer; and the intersection of Merri Street and Banyan Street and Pertobe Road at Warrnambool will be delivered under the 2020–21 funding round.

“Motorists living within in and visiting Wannon will be pleased to know the two notorious black spots in the electorate will be fixed with funding from the program.

“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input, and I encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the state would receive $38.7 million under the program’s 2020-21 funding round.

“This major investment is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to building safer roads right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“The high-priority locations we are funding have seen a total of nine fatal crashes and a further 521 causing injuries recorded over the past five years.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the 92 Black Spot projects across Victoria would make a significant contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on Victorian roads and built on previous investments in the state.
“Our Liberal and Nationals Government has invested the funding needed to deliver 535 projects across Victoria,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Regional Victorians have been the primary beneficiaries of this program, as we have placed a heavy focus on addressing the number of crashes causing death and injury in regional areas.

“This new funding will see the total investment through the Black Spot program in Victoria rise to $237.4 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

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