Key road safety appointment made for Northern Territory

Media Release

DC145/2016

14 October 2016

Joint release with:

Nigel Scullion

Senator for the Northern Territory

The Australian Government has today reappointed Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion as Chair of the Northern Territory Black Spot Consultative Panel.

Senator Scullion 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 Territory.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Senator Scullion's experience would be invaluable in the role.

“Nigel's previous experience in chairing the NT panel means he brings a range of skills and knowledge to the role, including a detailed understanding of the Northern Territory's unique road safety issues,” Minister Chester said.

“His commitment to creating safer roads for the people of the Territory and years of experience in working collaboratively with a broad cross-section of the community will also be invaluable in this role.

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

Senator Scullion said he was delighted to be reappointed to the Northern Territory Black Spot Consultative Panel to help deliver safer Territory roads.

“These black spot projects are targeted, local actions to save lives and reduce accidents,” Senator Scullion said.

“This is a community-led programme, with suggestions coming from local drivers who are on these roads every day. I look forward to working closely with the community to improve our roads and make them safer for Territory motorists.”

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