$1.2 Million to Fix Local Black Spots in Northern Territory

Media Release


03 July 2014

Joint release with:

Natasha Griggs MP

Member for Solomon

The Australian Government is delivering on its plan to build safer roads and a stronger economy through the national Black Spot Programme.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Member for Solomon and Chair of the NT Black Spot Consultative Panel Natasha Griggs today announced $1.2 million in funding for 4 Black Spot projects across the Northern Territory.

This announcement follows the Australian Government's record commitment of $500 million to the Black Spot Programme in the 2014 Budget which includes an additional $200 million from the Infrastructure Growth Package to fast-track investment in world class infrastructure across the country.

“This record investment will fix approximately 1,800 black spots over the next five years which will help save lives, boost productivity and create new local jobs,” Mr Briggs said.

“The immediate commitment of $1.2 million in the Northern Territory will generate economic returns of around $9 million by reducing the number, frequency and cost of road crashes,” he said.

Mrs Griggs said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads for the Northern Territory through targeted upgrades proven to deliver results.

“Black Spot projects target dangerous roads to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring Australia's roads are made safer and more productive for all road users,” Mrs Griggs said.

“An evaluation of the Black Spot Programme has found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, equalling one life per year for every 84 projects. Projects also return around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes,” she said.

The Northern Territory panel which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives of the NT Road Transport Association, Automobile Association of the NT, NT Police, Road Safety Council of the NT and territory and local government.

The Australian Government has recently broadened the eligibility criteria for the next two years to ensure local communities have greater access to the $200 million in additional funding for road safety projects.

Individuals and community groups are encouraged to nominate black spots for consideration.

In addition to the Black Spot Programme, the Australian Government has committed $2.1 billion to Roads to Recovery over the next five years delivering vital funding to every council across Australia to fix local roads. Since beginning in 2001, Roads to Recovery has provided almost $4.5 billion for 44,958 local road projects in almost every community in the country.

In total, we have committed a record $50 billion in the recent Budget to build the infrastructure of the 21st century for a stronger and more prosperous Australia.

This investment will support more than $125 billion of construction activity across the country, ensuring we boost economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

Nomination forms for Black Spot Projects are available at: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/nominate_black_spots.aspx

Media Contacts

  • For Mr Briggs—Andrew Ockenden—0429 877 721
  • For Mrs Griggs—Gemma Corles—0423 225 434