| September 04, 2018

Black Spot Programme funds set to save lives in Kialla

Residents in Kialla have received a major road safety boost today with the Australian Government announcing it will invest $120,000 toward the Watt Road and Riverview Drive intersection through the 2018-19 Black Spot Programme.

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP said the local community’s input had been critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

“The Black Spot Programme reduces fatal and injury crashes by 30 per cent - specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes to deliver safety improvements such as road widening, increased lighting and signage and installing traffic lights and roundabouts,” Mr Drum said.

“Under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020, the Australian, state and territory governments have committed to reducing the numbers of deaths and serious injuries recorded on the nation’s roads by at least 30 per cent by 2020.

"Road crashes are horrible and it is imperative that the Federal Government can continue to improve the safety of our roads,” Mr Drum said.

“Riverview Drive in Kialla is often referred to as the ‘backway to Mooroopna’ and is known to be notoriously dangerous, particularly in wet conditions. This investment will see safer commutes for people travelling between Kialla and Mooroopna by installing a safety barrier, centre and edge line marking, raised reflective pavement markers and the removal of a tree.

“Black spot projects are delivered by locals nominating sections of road where there has been a history of near misses and road accidents. I encourage everyone in the Murray electorate to apply to the Programme in future rounds,” Mr Drum said.

The Australian Government is providing $744.5 million to the Black Spot Programme between 2013-14 and 2021-22 to improve road safety across the nation.

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

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