Black Spot Consultative Panel Chairs Appointed
24 November 2013
I am pleased to announce the new Chairs of the Black Spot Programme Consultative Panels in each state and territory have now been appointed.
The chairs of each consultative panel will play a crucial role in determining which dangerous roads are the highest priorities for federal funding.
With panels established in each state and territory, nominated sites are considered and prioritised to ensure that communities get the projects they need and want.
The Black Spot Programme commenced in 1996 to assist in reducing the risk and associated trauma of road accidents across Australia and has delivered improvements at over 6,500 sites around Australia through some $980 million in funding.
Further, the Australian Government has committed another $60 million a year to this vital initiative.
Under the Black Spot Programme, sites with a history of at least three casualty crashes over a five-year period are addressed. Sites which do not meet the crash history criterion may still receive funding if they are identified as potentially dangerous through road safety audits.
Local knowledge is critical in identifying the most pressing roads for safety improvements and these appointees are best placed to facilitate the program's outcomes.
The newly appointed chairs are:
- New South Wales—The Hon John Cobb MP
- Queensland—Mr Ewen Jones MP
- Victoria—Mr Dan Tehan MP
- Western Australia—Senator Dean Smith
- South Australia—Mr Rowan Ramsey MP
- Tasmania—Senator David Bushby
- Australian Capital Territory—Senator Zed Seselja
- Northern Territory—Mrs Natasha Griggs MP
Importantly, anyone can nominate a black spot in their area for funding where there is a known crash history.
I thank the new chairs for taking on these important roles and look forward to their active engagement in helping fix some of our most dangerous intersections and stretches of road.