Federal funding to fix nine black spots in the Top End and improve road safety

Funding under the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Black Spot Program will substantially improve nine dangerous crash sites on Northern Territory roads in 2021–22.

The Northern Territory will receive more than $1.7 million under the Black Spot Program’s 2021-22 funding round, with councils contributing a further $1.4 million to the successful projects.

These nine new sites take the total number of projects funded across the Northern Territory to 58 since 2013-14, with almost $15 million in Commonwealth funding committed.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said one life lost on Australian roads is one too many.

“This major investment is part of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s commitment to building safer roads right across the nation,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The Black Spot Program funds safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred, or are at risk of occurring.

“This funding to improve dangerous sections of Northern Territory roads will help ensure more Territorians reach their destination safely and we have fewer fatalities on our roads.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the nine black spot projects across the Northern Territory would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on Territory roads and builds on previous investments in the Territory.

“This Government continues to invest in road safety to ensure Australians get home sooner and safer, saving lives and livelihoods,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

“This new funding will see the total investment through the Black Spot Program in the Northern Territory rise to $14.8 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety across the Top End.”

Senator for the Northern Territory and Chair of the Northern Territory Black Spot Consultative Panel Dr Sam McMahon said this investment in Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the Territory.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent on average,” Dr McMahon said.

“The high-priority locations we are funding have seen a total of 36 crashes causing injuries recorded over the past five years.

“The panel that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the Northern Territory Road Transport Association, Northern Territory Police, Automobile Association of the Northern Territory and Territory and local governments.”

The Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $1.1 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2023–24 to improve road safety nationwide. More than 3,000 projects have been funded under the program since 2013.

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

A list of the nine new projects is available below.

Media Contact:

Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry 0477 971 654

Assistant Minister Buchholz – Scott O’Connell 0413 424 384

Senator McMahon – Electorate Office (08) 8948 3555


2021–22 Black Spot Program – Northern Territory

Project Name

Proposed Treatment

Australian Government Contribution

Council Contribution


Alice Springs
Alice Springs Rail Crossings

Upgrade railway crossings with signs, linemarking, footpath extensions and ramps



Alice Springs

Callanan Road

Install line marking and islands to reduce the road width, and relocate hold line to improve sight lines at the intersection




Temple Terrace
GRAY (0830)

Alteration of seagull island to maximise sight distance, including relocation of right turn lane for traffic entering Essington Avenue by narrowing the median island south of the intersection




Roper Gulf
Robinson River Road
CALVERT (0862)

Civil works to improve vertical and horizontal elevations on the corner before sealing with associated signage, line marking and speed reduction



Roper Gulf

Girraween Road

Construct channelised right turn lanes, infrastructure protection, flag lighting and pavement delineation




West Arnhem
Maningrida Internal

Reform and construct pavement width of six metres, seal pavement, define intersections and install signage



West Arnhem

Miles Road

Construct lay-up area at east end of causeway, install improved signage, and trim vegetation




Cadogan Road

Install additional signs and widen road




Darwin School Zones - Speed Check Signs
DARWIN (0801)

Install 20 speed check signs