$6.98 Million to Fix Black Spots in Western Australia

Media Release


04 June 2014

Joint release with:

Senator Dean Smith

Senator for Western Australia;
Chairperson of the Western Australian 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 Western Australia and Chair of the Western Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel Dean Smith today announced $6.98 million in funding for 32 Black Spot projects across Western Australia.

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 $6.98 million in Western Australia will generate economic returns of around $53 million by reducing the number, frequency and cost of road crashes,” he said.

Senator Smith said this investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads for Western Australia 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 Smith 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 Western Australian panel which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives of the Royal Automobile Club of WA, WA Road Transport Association, Office of Road Safety 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 Western Australia

Project Name Treatment Australian Government Funding Local Government Area
Denny Avenue
Streich Avenue
Install traffic signals and upgrade street lighting $775,300 City of Armadale
Seville Drive
From Armadale Road to Poad Street
Upgrade street lighting and install shared path on the western side of the road $325,538 City of Armadale
Railway Avenue
From Denny Avenue to Westfield Road
Install new 2.5m red asphalt shared path on the eastern side of the road $123,500 City of Armadale
Henderson Drive
From Lake Road to Riverside Lane
Install lane separation lines and install 2.5m concrete shared path on the western side of the road $110,080 City of Armadale
Church Avenue
From Seventh Road to Green Avenue
Upgrade street lighting and install new concrete shared path on the eastern side of the road $87,400 City of Armadale
Wungong Road
From Harber Drive to Byron Road Crossing
Install new 2.5m concrete shared path on the western side of the road $71,600 City of Armadale
Champion Drive
From Westfield Road to Gillam Drive
Install 2.5m concrete shared path on the eastern side of the road $69,000 City of Armadale
Frederick Street
Carnarvon Street
Install median island, adjust road alignment and install slow point $158,500 Shire of Broome
Muchea Road East
SLK 0.00 to 6.00
Widen intersections, install slip lanes, road markings and lighting $174,000 Shire of Chittering
North Lake Road
Osprey Drive
Install signal mast arms on North Lake Road (north and south), construct left turn lane on western approach and extend right turn lane on northern approach $260,000 City of Cockburn
Canning Mills Road
SLK 0.40 to 3.96
Seal shoulders, install edge lines and raised pavement markers $400,000 City of Gosnells
Forest Lakes Drive
From Warton Road to Garden Street
Upgrade lighting $350,000 City of Gosnells
Nicholson Road
Spencer Road
Extend left turn lanes on Spencer Road and Nicholson Road $250,000 City of Gosnells
Forestry Road
SLK 2.00 to 6.00
Widen seal, seal shoulders, install curve warning signs and guideposts $1,000,000 Shire of Harvey
Old Coast Road
SLK 2.25 to 5.25
Seal shoulders, install curve warning signs and guideposts $600,000 Shire of Harvey
Hepburn Avenue
Gibson Avenue
Modify traffic signals on Hepburn Avenue and lengthen existing right turn pocket on Hepburn Avenue $100,000 City of Joondalup
Marmion Avenue
Warwick Road
Lengthen existing right turn pocket on Marmion Avenue $90,000 City of Joondalup
Welshpool Road East
Lesmurdie Road
Modify intersection to provide for left and right turning traffic $75,689 Shire of Kalamunda
Leach Highway
Marcus Avenue
Ban right turn out of Marcus Avenue and upgrade lighting $235,000 City of Melville
Macrae Road
From Macleod Road to Kishorn Road
Remove cycling path along Macrae Road and relocate to McKenzie Road and Kinross Road between Kishorn Road and McLeod Road with link through Gairloch Reserve $200,000 City of Melville
South Street
Gilbertson Road
Upgrade to LED traffic signals with right turn arrows without filter $122,000 City of Melville
Wellington Street
Outram Street and Lucknow Place
Install central median island in Wellington Street and improve Lucknow Place exit $121,240 City of Perth
North Bannister-Pingelly Road
North Wandering Road
Realign to form T-junction, upgrade signs and guideposts $312,650 Shire of Pingelly
Safety Bay Road
The Avenue
Install seagull island in median $54,000 City of Rockingham
Warnbro Sound Avenue
Okehampton Road
Install median island and reinforce priority $36,000 City of Rockingham
Dixon Road
Nasmyth Road
Install median island and reinforce priority $36,000 City of Rockingham
Thomas Street
Heytesbury Road
Install seagull island, extend left turn slip lane and upgrade line marking $120,000 City of Subiaco
Alexander Drive
Illawarra Crescent North BALLAJURA
Install traffic signals $330,000 City of Swan
Morrison Road
Farrall Road
Modify traffic signals with right turn arrows with no filter $250,000 City of Swan
Angove Street
Fitzgerald Street
Install LED signals and incorporate pedestrian phases across all three legs $40,000 Town of Vincent
Beaufort Road
Norring Road
Widen approaches and upgrade signs and guideposts $50,900 Shire of Wagin
Hester Avenue
Renshaw Boulevard
Install seagull island at the median gap of Hester Avenue $50,000 City of Wanneroo