Key road safety appointment made for New South Wales
10 October 2016
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Gilmore
The Australian Government has today appointed Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis as the new Chair of the New South Wales Black Spot Consultative Panel.
Mrs Sudmalis will work with a range of community and road user groups, industry members and government agencies to allocate funding under the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme toward some of the most dangerous roads in the country.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Mrs Sudmalis would bring a range of skills to the role, including a strong knowledge of New South Wales' road safety issues.
“Australia has developed a proud record of reducing road trauma in recent decades but over the past two years we have experienced a disturbing increase in deaths and serious injuries,” Mr Chester said.
“Regional areas are worst affected and we need to do more to build safer roads, promote safer driving and encourage people to purchase safer cars.
“The Coalition Government's commitment to the Black Spot programme will save lives and I'm looking forward to working closely with Ann Sudmalis who shares my passion for road safety.”
Mrs Sudmalis welcomed the opportunity to help direct funding to places where it is most needed in NSW.
“I recognise how important road safety is to make sure local residents are able to travel safely through their regions, confident they and their loved ones will all be able to reach their destinations without road problems increasing the chances of an incident or accident,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“Road safety is also crucial in many areas of Gilmore, where huge numbers of tourists rely on good quality roads to travel on their holidays, boosting regional economies and creating jobs.
“We also need to remember that virtually everything we purchase from shops is transported on the back of trucks, and good quality roads are essential to ensure freight operates efficiently and people are able to obtain the things they want and need—including everything from vital medicines to new cars and housing materials.”
The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme over five years to 2018–19, which includes an additional $200 million over two years from 2015–16 to improve road safety across the nation. To find out more about the Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a Black Spot for funding, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx