Residents in Groom received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government announcing it will invest $1,927,575 toward two projects under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Groom Hon Dr John McVeigh MP said community input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.
“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims,” Dr McVeigh said.
“A total of two notorious black spots in Groom will be fixed with funding from the program.
“I am pleased to see projects such as works on Yalangur-Lilyvale Road and Kingsthorpe-Haden Road will be delivered under the 2020-21 funding round.
“$1,300,000 will go towards curve widening, new formed sealed shoulders, installation of line markings, road edge guideposts, Chevron Alignment Markers and the removal of roadside hazards on Yalangur-Lilyvale Road, along a three kilometre section near Gowrie Little Plain Road.
“$627,575 will go towards improvements to clear zones, curve widening, new formed sealed shoulders, installation of line markings, guideposts, and CAMS on a 1.5 kilometre section of Kingsthorpe-Haden Road at Boodua.
“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input and I encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced Queensland would receive $25.3 million over two years under the latest round of program funding.
“The Federal Government’s record investment into upgrading roads is saving lives right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.
“As a regional representative, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities.
“By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, the Australian, State and Territory Governments have committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries recorded on the nation’s roads by at least 30 per cent by 2020.
“Fixing the 51 black spots identified in Queensland over the next two years will play a crucial role in helping us achieve that goal,” Mr Buchholz said.
“We are committed to making sure those living and travelling through Queensland are able to do so more safely by providing the infrastructure they want, need and most importantly deserve.”
The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $1 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2022 23 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: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.