Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Safety upgrade complete on The Escort Way at Eugowra

Media Release

DC081/2017

04 April 2017

Joint release with:

Andrew Gee

Federal Member for Calare

A notorious crash black spot on The Escort Way about four kilometres north of Eugowra has received a $460,000 upgrade to improve safety.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade was funded by the Australian Government under its $500 million Black Spot Programme.

“Building better, safer roads can change lives and it can save lives. This project is a great example of how our Black Spot Programme is making a huge difference to roads throughout the nation, making them safer for all drivers,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government is building for the future by delivering the biggest infrastructure investment programme in Australia's history to connect communities, support businesses and create jobs.

“I know how much local councils and local drivers appreciate the work done under the programme, and the difference such projects can make.”

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said in the five years to June 2014, six people were injured in four separate crashes on The Escort Way near Norris Lane.

“Safety upgrades were prioritised for Australian Government funding due to the number and severity of injury crashes at this location,” Mr Gee said.

“This important work involved installing 420 metres of safety barrier, shoulder sealing and enlarging the distance between the edge of the roadway and dangerous obstacles.

“The beauty of the Black Spot Programme is that communities can nominate dangerous sections of roads to be fixed. It's one of the best ways for local people to have direct input into making their local roads safer for everyone.”

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programmeover five years to target known dangerous locations throughout the country.

More information on the programme, including eligibility criteria and the assessment process, is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.