Aug 18, 2008

Rudd Government set to Deliver $3.6 Million to Improve Local Roads on the Mid-No

Rudd Government set to Deliver $3.6 Million to Improve Local Roads on the Mid-North Coast

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 16 2008

The Rudd Government will invest around $3.6 million to fix dangerous black spots and upgrade local roads on the mid-North Coast of New South Wales, from Taree to Kempsey.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, announced the road funding today during a visit to Taree and Port Macquarie.

The funding allocations are expected to be as follows:

  • $1,036,740 for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council through the Roads to Recovery program for a number of local road projects. Mr Albanese today announced the first instalment of $76,470;
  • $1,153,650 in Roads to Recovery funding for the Greater Taree City Council to upgrade a number of local roads including Glenwarrin Road near Elands and Cundle Flat Road;
  • $713,690 for Kempsey Council through the Roads to Recovery program for a number of projects. Mr Albanese announced today the first instalment of $216,310;
  • $230,000 to fix a dangerous black spot at Rawdon Island (intersection of Oxley Highway and Rawdon Island Road). The project will install a new seal on the road surface and upgrade the curve alignment markers, guideposts and reflectors; and
  • $465,000 to fix a dangerous black spot on Plummers Lane near the town of South West Rocks. The project will realign the curve 1.8 kilometres from South West Rocks road to make it safer for vehicles to go around that bend.

These projects are part of more than $405 million in funding that the Rudd Government is delivering this year to fix black spots and upgrade local roads across Australia.

The funding announced today complements our record funding of $2.45 billion to the Pacific Highway over the next five years. We are also currently providing $242.5 million for the Coopernook to Moorland section.

We are committed to reducing crashes on Mid-North Coast roads and nationally.

These projects, along with funding for the Pacific Highway, will help drive down the appalling social and economic cost of road carnage.

The Black Spot program has a proven track record of saving lives. An evaluation of the Black Spot program has shown that it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years.

It also returns around $14 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.

From next year (2009-10), the Rudd Government will deliver on its election commitment to increase black spot funding by a massive 33 per cent, up to a record $60 million nationally.