Key road safety appointment made for Western Australia

Media Release

DC146/2016

14 October 2016

Joint release with:

Dean Smith

Senator for Western Australia

The Australian Government has today reappointed Senator Dean Smith as Chair of the Western Australia Black Spot Consultative Panel.

Senator Smith 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 Smith would bring a range of skills to the role, including a strong knowledge of Western Australia's road safety issues.

“Dean has a passion for issues that affect the people of Western Australia and has previously served in this position, helping to identify dangerous sections of road that need to be fixed as a priority,” Mr Chester said.

“His commitment to creating a better future for people across the state and years of experience in 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 Dean and the rest of the Panel as we deliver a safer national road network.”

Senator Smith said he was grateful for the opportunity to continue in his role as Chair of the Consultative panel in the 45th Parliament.

“The Black Spot Programme is an important initiative the makes a measurable and very practical difference for local communities here in WA. The benefits it delivers, both in terms of road safety and strengthening our local economy, are significant,” Senator Smith said.

“I have found it enormously rewarding to work with communities and local government representatives across both metropolitan and regional WA in my capacity as Chair. I'm pleased I will have the opportunity to continue doing so in the new Parliament.”

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