Key road safety appointment made for Tasmania

Media Release


14 October 2016

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

The Australian Government has today appointed Senator Jonathon Duniam as the new Chair of the Tasmanian Black Spot Consultative Panel.

Senator Duniam 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 Senator Duniam would bring a range of skills to the role, including a passion for improving road safety for all Tasmanians.

“I'm sure Jonathon will bring a fresh perspective on how we can reduce the state's road toll by fixing dangerous spots identified by the community,” Mr Chester said.

“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.

“Jonathon's experience in working collaboratively with a broad cross-section of the community will be invaluable in this role, as will his drive to create safer roads for all Tasmanians.”

Senator Duniam said he was keen to play a leading role in improving road safety in the state.

“As a strong advocate for our state, especially our rural and regional communities, I look forward to working with Tasmanians to ensure our black spots are identified and fixed under this program,” Senator Duniam said.

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