July 23, 2021

Residents of Colac and Smythesdale received a major road safety boost today with the Morrison Government announcing it will invest $2.26 million towards two projects under the 2021–22 Black Spot Program.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said community input was critical to identifying key 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 under the 2021–22 funding round the following projects will be delivered:
• Princes Highway West (Murray Street) Gellibrand Street at Colac: $1,900,000 to install electronic speed signage for daytime 40 km/h limit, fully controlled right turns on most signal approaches, pedestrian early start phases, Give Way to Pedestrian signs, improved signal sighting and pedestrian refuge.
• Craddocks Road between Turnbull Court and Whites Road at Smythesdale: $360,000 to install safety barriers on curves. Install barrier line along the entire length of Craddocks Road with no overtaking. Install appropriate signage including Chevron Alignment Markers and reduced speed limit of 60km/hr.

“The Morrison Government is committed to securing our recovery and keeping our communities safe.

“Motorists living within and visiting Wannon will be pleased to know 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 Barnaby Joyce announced Victoria would receive $25.8 million in 2021-22 under the latest round of program funding.

“The Morrison Government is committed to making roads safer in Victoria and right across the nation,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history or risk of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the 51 Black Spot projects across West Australia would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on West Australian roads and built on previous investments in the state.

“This Government is investing in road safety upgrades right across the nation to ensure Australians get home sooner and safer, as even one death or one serious injury crash on our roads is one too many,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

“This new funding will see the total investment through the Black Spot Program in Victoria rise to $64.3 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”

The Australian Government has committed a record $1.1 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2023–24 to improve road safety across the nation.

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

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