$1.7 Million to Fix Black Spots in Tasmania

Media Release

JB046/2014

04 June 2014

Joint release with:

Senator David Bushby

Senator for Tasmania;
Chairperson of the Tasmanian Black Spot Consultative Panel

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 Senator for Tasmania and Chair of the Tasmanian Black Spot Consultative Panel David Bushby today announced $1.7 million in funding for 13 Black Spot projects across Tasmania.

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 $1.7 million in Tasmania will generate economic returns of around $13 million by reducing the number, frequency and cost of road crashes,” he said.

Senator Bushby said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads for Tasmania 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,” Senator Bushby 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,” he said.

The Tasmanian panel which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, Tasmanian Transport Association, Tasmanian Motor Cycle Council, Tasmanian Bicycle Council and state and local government.

The Australian Government is currently considering how to broaden the eligibility criteria 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

2014–15 Black Spot Projects in Tasmania

Project Name Treatment Australian Government Funding Local Government Area
Boyer Road
From Bridgewater to Dromedary
DROMEDARY
Install safety barrier $250,000 Brighton Council
Acton Road
Tara Drive
ACTON PARK
Install turn lanes $225,000 Clarence City Council
Dalrymple Road
Bend near Monarch Hill Road junction
MOUNT DIRECTION
Curve improvements $150,000 George Town Council
Springfield Avenue
Near Winborne Road
WEST MOONAH
Install pedestrian refuge $7,000 Glenorchy City Council
Murray Street
Patrick Street
HOBART
Install traffic signals $290,000 Hobart City Council
Harrington Street
Patrick Street
HOBART
Install traffic signals $260,000 Hobart City Council
Huon Road
Near Livingstone Street
SOUTH HOBART
Install pedestrian refuge $25,200 Hobart City Council
Sheffield Road
West Kentish Road and West Nook Road
SHEFFIELD
Install traffic islands to improve visibility of intersection $35,000 Kentish Council
Gilbert Street
Victor Street
LATROBE
Install roundabout $250,000 Latrobe Council
Hobart Road
Opossum Road
KINGS MEADOWS
Upgrade existing traffic signals $30,000 Launceston City Council
Hobart Road
Riseley Street and Innocent Street
KINGS MEADOWS
Modify existing traffic signals to add a separate right turn phase $25,000 Launceston City Council
Midland Highway (Main Road)
Talisker Street
PERTH
Upgrade intersection $57,050 Northern Midlands Council
Elderslie Road
Church Road
BROADMARSH
Relocate junction $100,000 Southern Midlands Council