$1.7 Million to Fix Black Spots in Tasmania
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|
From Bridgewater to Dromedary
|Install safety barrier||$250,000||Brighton Council|
|Install turn lanes||$225,000||Clarence City Council|
Bend near Monarch Hill Road junction
|Curve improvements||$150,000||George Town Council|
Near Winborne Road
|Install pedestrian refuge||$7,000||Glenorchy City Council|
|Install traffic signals||$290,000||Hobart City Council|
|Install traffic signals||$260,000||Hobart City Council|
Near Livingstone Street
|Install pedestrian refuge||$25,200||Hobart City Council|
West Kentish Road and West Nook Road
|Install traffic islands to improve visibility of intersection||$35,000||Kentish Council|
|Install roundabout||$250,000||Latrobe Council|
|Upgrade existing traffic signals||$30,000||Launceston City Council|
Riseley Street and Innocent Street
|Modify existing traffic signals to add a separate right turn phase||$25,000||Launceston City Council|
|Midland Highway (Main Road)
|Upgrade intersection||$57,050||Northern Midlands Council|
|Relocate junction||$100,000||Southern Midlands Council|