Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Australian Government is getting on with delivering safer roads and a stronger economy in New South Wales by removing limits that restrict the number of Black Spot projects in each local government area.
These changes will make it easier for local councils in Page to compete for a record $200 million in additional funding for vital road safety projects, he said.
In recent years local councils across New South Wales have been restricted to a limit of five active projects and ten proposals for Black Spot Programme projects.
“Lifting this restriction for the next two years will give our councils more opportunity to access funding to eliminate dangerous road locations and improve the safety and productivity performance of their road networks,” Mr Hogan said.
“This is one of several changes to broaden the Black Spot Programme to ensure we build economically productive infrastructure across regional Australia while also delivering genuine road safety solutions to the communities that need it most.
“I strongly encourage councils, individuals and communities in Page to nominate dangerous roads in their area for panel consideration.
“With this limit removed local councils will have greater capacity to increase the number of treated Black Spot sites and improve road safety in Page.”
To be considered for project funding in 2015–16 site nominations need to be submitted to the Black Spot Consultative Panel by 29 August 2014.
Nomination forms for the Australian Government Black Spot Programme are available at: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/nominate_black_spots.aspx