$2.7 Million to Fix Local Black Spots in the Australian Capital Territory

Media Release


06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Zed Seselja

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory
Chairperson of the ACT Black Spot
Consultative Panel

The Australian Government is building safer roads and a stronger economy through the national Black Spot Programme.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Senator for the Australian Capital Territory and Chair of the ACT Black Spot Consultative Panel Zed Seselja today announced $2.7 million in funding for 4 Black Spot projects across the Australian Capital Territory.

This funding is part of the Australian Government's record commitment of $500 million to the Black Spot Programme in the 2014 Budget which includes an additional $200 million to fast-track investment in world class infrastructure across the country.

“These projects are expected to prevent 25 injury crashes over 10 years, delivering economic benefits of around $18 million,” Mr Briggs said.

Senator Seselja said the Australian Government's investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads in the Australian Capital 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,” Senator Seselja said.

“An evaluation of the Black Spot Programme has found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, equaling one life per year for every 84 projects. Projects also return almost $7.00 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes,” he said.

The Australian Capital Territory panel, which reviews priorities for the programme includes representatives of the National Capital Authority, Pedal Power, Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT, Australasian College of Road Safety, NRMA Motoring and Services, and the ACT Government.

The Australian Government broadened the eligibility criteria for project applications in 2015-16 and 2016-17 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.

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

2015-16 Black Spot Projects—Australian Capital Territory

Project Name Treatment Australian Government Funding
Tuggeranong Parkway From Hindmarsh Drive to Sulwood Drive
Install animal fencing, road side lighting, advance warning signals sign at Sulwood Drive and improved signage, line marking and barriers $1,150,000
Tuggeranong Parkway From Cotter Road to Hindmarsh Drive
Install animal fencing, upgrade line marking and barriers and correction of minor deficiencies $748,000
Pialligo Avenue Oaks Estate Road
Install traffic signals $605,000
Coulter Drive Ginninderra Drive
Upgrade left turn lane to high angle approach and improve road markings for cyclists $197,000