Residents of the Gilmore electorate received a major road safety boost today with the Australian Government announcing it will invest $1,245,000 toward two projects under the 2021–22 Black Spot Program.
Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan 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,” Senator Molan said.
“I am pleased to see that projects like the Braidwood Road upgrade in Coolumburra will be delivered under the 2021–22 funding round.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to securing our recovery and keeping our communities safe.
“Motorists living within and visiting Gilmore will be pleased to know a total of two dangerous 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 New South Wales would receive $34.4 million in 2021–22 under the latest round of program funding, with Local and State Governments contributing a further $2.5 million to the successful projects.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to making roads safer in NSW and right across the nation,” the Deputy Prime Minister
“Representing a regional electorate myself, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities, so I am very pleased to be able to announce today the details of how this round of Black Spot funding will be distributed.
“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 97 Black Spot projects across New South Wales would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on NSW 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,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This new funding will see total investment through the Black Spot Program in NSW rise to $292.2 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 infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.
Projects approved in Gilmore include:
|Braidwood Road 6.9km section from Nerriga Road to Tolwong Road at Coolumburra:$560,000 to install audio edge line, audio centre line and reflective pavement markers and upgrade road pavement;
|Upper Kangaroo River Road east of Moss Vale Road at Barrengarry: $685,000 to install flexible barrier on roadside and reflective pavement markers;