Federal funding to fix seven ‘black spots’ in Tasmania

Media Release

KP012/2018

14 July 2018

Joint release with:

Senator Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

The safety of seven Tasmanian road ‘black spots’ will be substantially improved over the next 12 months.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt and the Chair of the Tasmanian Black Spot Consultative Panel, Senator Jonathon Duniam, today announced $863,137 for the state under the Black Spot Program’s 2018-19 funding round.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to building safer roads across the nation,” Assistant Minister Pitt said.

“The Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of crashes through funding safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.

“Too often we see and hear stories of road trauma and crashes across the country, which all Governments are working together to reduce,” Mr Pitt said.

“The seven black spot projects being funded across Tasmania are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll.”

Senator Duniam said this investment in black spot projects will deliver safer roads in seven local government areas throughout Tasmania.

“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 42 casualty crashes recorded at these sites over the past five years,” Senator Duniam said.

“The panel which reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the Tasmania Police, Tasmanian Motorcycle Council, Bicycle Network Tasmania, the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Transport Association, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and the Department of State Growth.”

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.

The Australian Government has committed $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2021-22 to improve road safety across the nation.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.

2018-19 Tasmania Black Spot Program

Project NameTreatmentAustralian Government FundingLocal Government Area
Preservation Drive
Main Road
PENGUIN
Install non-filtering right turns at traffic signals $60,000 Central Coast Council
Parker Street
Ronald Street
DEVONPORT
Install a roundabout $270,000 Devonport City Council
Princes Street
Randall Street
SANDY BAY
Install a pedestrian refuge $30,000 Hobart City Council
Cygnet Coast Road
from Wattle Grove Road to 8.7km north
GLAZIERS BAY
Install safety barrier $175,000 Huon Valley Council
Henry Street
from Wildor Crescent to 500m west
RAVENSWOOD
Install skid resistant resurfacing $100,000 Launceston City Council
Bream Creek Road
3.8km north of Burnt Hill Road (near Lukes Creek)
BREAM CREEK
Install safety barrier $28,137 Sorell Council
West Tamar Highway
from 1.5km north of Frankford Road to 5km further north
EXETER
Install safety barrier $200,000 West Tamar Council