Upgrades for road black spots in Hinkler
Residents in Torquay at Hervey Bay and Walkervale in Bundaberg have received a major road safety boost today with the Coalition Government set to invest $969,500 toward two projects under the 2018-19 Black Spot Program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said reducing fatalities and serious injuries on our roads was a key focus of his role as infrastructure minister.
"Accidents on our roads cost Australian’s approximately $30 billion per year – let alone the pain borne by families and friends who have lost loved ones," Mr McCormack said.
"On average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent, making it one of the most effective road safety measures the Australian Government has at its disposal.
"The Coalition Government has extended the Black Spot Program and is providing $60 million per year from 2021-22 onwards, building on the current $684.5 million investment from 2013-14 to 2020-21.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the community’s input had been essential in identifying key road upgrades that will save lives.
"Road accidents place a major burden on our region. It impacts on our emergency services, it impacts our daily travel, and most importantly, it places incredible strain on friends and families," Mr Pitt said.
"Through this funding allocation we will see an $824,000 upgrade of the intersection of Tavistock Street and Torquay Terrace at Torquay, with traffic signals to be installed and additional lighting.
"Bundaberg motorists will also be pleased to see a $145,500 upgrade at the intersection of Hurst Street and Hunter Street at Walkervale with works including road widening, new signage, additional street lights and pedestrian facilities.
"None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input, and I’d encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds."
For more information, or to make a nomination, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/