Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Bewong Black Spot Works Complete

Media Release

JB141/2014

16 December 2014

Joint release with:

Ann Sudmalis

Federal Member for Gilmore

The Australian Government is continuing to deliver safer, better roads through the Black Spot Programme with this month's completion of the Princes Highway upgrade at Bewong.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the upgrade would benefit all motorists on the busy Princes Highway.

“This $1 million investment has reduced the chance of a car sliding off the road in wet weather and has removed several roadside hazards,” Mr Briggs said.

“It's coming up to Christmas and I am delighted this section of road has been upgraded in time for the holiday rush.

“The Australian Government Black Spot Programme is providing $20.1 million this financial year to fix more than 80 New South Wales road sites.”

Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said the Bewong upgrade, south of The Wool Road, had provided several road upgrades including better curve alignment and advisory signs to provide a safer driving experience.

“Between 2007 and 2012 there were 20 crashes on this section of the road, placing strain on local emergency services and the community,” Ms Sudmalis said.

“Works to improve this dangerous site began in early 2014, so I would like to extend my thanks to local drivers for their patience during the project construction period.

“This upgrade is an investment in saving lives and reducing road trauma—I don't want our community to experience the grief and despair of another accident at this site.”

The record commitment of $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014–15 to 2018–19 is part of the Australian Government's commitment to improving roads for all Australians.