The Nicholls electorate has received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Government announcing it will invest almost $500,000 toward two projects as part of the 2020/21 Black Spot Program funding round.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the Black Spot Program made an important contribution in reducing the national road toll and community input was critical to identifying key black spots across the electorate.
The two projects in Nicholls that will be funded under this round are:
|Project description||Federal Government contribution|
|Intersection of Katandra Main Rd and Labuan Rd, Katandra West: relocate the southern leg of the intersection to the west to create a staggered T intersection.||$407,103
|Intersection of McKinlay St and Sutton St, Echuca: install two concrete splitter islands and associated signage and line marking in McKinlay St at the intersection of Sutton St.||$91,000
Mr Drum said road crashes placed major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities, but particularly the families and friends of the victims.
“More than 60 per cent of road deaths and a significant proportion of serious injuries occur outside metropolitan areas,” Mr Drum said.
“I am especially pleased to see these projects in Katandra West and Echuca being delivered under the 2020/21 Black Spot Program funding round.
“As a result, motorists living in and visiting Nicholls will be pleased to know another two notorious black spots in the electorate will be fixed.
“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.”
As part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019/20 Federal Budget, the Federal Government has committed an additional $50 million per year to the Black Spot Program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Victoria would receive $38.7 million under this latest funding round.
“This major investment is part of the Federal 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 Black Spot projects across Victoria would make an important 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 total investment through the Black Spot Program in Victoria rise to $237 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”
The panel that reviews priorities for the Black Spot Program includes representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the Victorian Transport Association, Victoria Police, the Municipal Association of Victoria, and VicRoads.