New Tasmanian Black Spot Criteria and Chair Announced
10 July 2014
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Lyons
Chairperson of the Tasmanian Black Spot Consultative Panel
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs today announced important changes to the National Black Spot Programme that will make it easier for Tasmanian Councils to compete for funding.
Federal Member for Lyons, Mr Eric Hutchinson MP was also formally appointed as the new Chair of the Black Spot Programme Consultative Panel in Tasmania.
Minister Briggs said that Mr Hutchinson's first responsibility as Chair will be to implement the new criteria making it easier for Tasmanian Councils to compete for extra funding in 2015-16 and 2016-17 by removing the requirement that Councils contribute 30 per cent to the cost of projects identified through a Road Safety Audit.
“In recent years, Councils have been required to contribute around $150,000 to the cost of projects identified through a road safety audit. The changes announced today will mean that all Councils, including smaller councils with limited resources, will be able make the most out of the Australian Government's record investment in better roads.
“These important changes were initiated by the former Panel Chair, Senator David Bushby. I would like to thank Senator Bushby for his contribution as Chair and congratulate him on his new role as Chief Government Whip in the Senate”, Mr Briggs said.
The changes to the Tasmanian criteria follow the Australian Government's decision to broaden the Black Spot Programme's national eligibility criteria. Over the next two years, the required benefit cost ratio has been reduced from 2:1 to 1:1 and the crash history requirement has come down from three to two casualty crashes in five years.
Mr Hutchinson said as Chair of the Tasmanian Black Spot Panel he looked forward to working with road safety experts to identify the state's most dangerous roads.
“In 2015–16 and 2016–17 the Australian Government will almost triple its investment in Tasmanian black spots, providing $4.3 million a year to save lives, boost productivity and create new jobs.
“Local knowledge is critical in identifying black spots, and I invite people across Tasmania to nominate black spots in their area for panel consideration.”
The Australian Government's ongoing commitment to the Black Spot Programme is part of our record $50 billion investment in the 2014 Budget to build the infrastructure of the 21st century for a stronger and more prosperous Australia.
Nomination forms for the Australian Government Black Spot Programme are available at: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/nominate_black_spots.aspx