Key road safety appointment made for South Australia

Media Release

DC142/2016

14 October 2016

Joint release with:

Tony Pasin

Federal Member for Barker

The Australian Government has today appointed Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin as the new Chair of the South Australia Black Spot Consultative Panel.

Mr Pasin 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 state.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Mr Pasin would bring a range of skills to the role, including a strong knowledge of South Australia's road safety issues.

“As a rural-based Member of Parliament, Tony is well-versed in the issues facing many communities in terms of road safety, with regional areas often disproportionately affected by road crashes,” Mr Chester said.

“His years of experience in local government and working collaboratively with a broad cross-section of the community will also be invaluable in this role.

“With anyone able to nominate a Black Spot for funding, this appointment requires working with the community, industry, and the state government to determine which projects should be funded.

“I am looking forward to working with Tony and the rest of the Panel as we deliver a safer national road network.”

Mr Pasin said he was humbled to be appointed to the role.

“The committee is tasked with the responsibility of determining the most dangerous roads in South Australia and allocating funds to them,” Mr Pasin said.

“With an electorate that is roughly 64,000 square kilometres in size I spend countless hours on our roads. I will bring this day-to-day experience to this important role and I am looking forward to the challenge of ensuring funding is allocated to the most dangerous parts of the South Australian road network.”

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 investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx