Road safety in McMillan has received a major boost with a new round of funding announced under the Black Spot Programme.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent today announced $5 million of funding to fix 12 black spots on local roads.

Mr Chester said the projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and would be delivered during the course of 2016-17.

“The annual economic cost of road crashes is estimated at $27 billion per year. Governments of all levels have made significant progress over several decades in reducing fatalities, yet there is still work to be done,” Mr Chester said.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. By building better roads we can improve people’s lives through less congestion but we can also save people’s lives by reducing the risk of death and serious injury.

“The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014‑15 to 2018-19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 to improve road safety and infrastructure across the country.”

Mr Broadbent said people living in West Gippsland, South Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley would benefit from a safer local road network through the improvement of Black Spot locations recommended by the Consultative Panel.

“Residents will recognise the history and notoriety of each of these locations, including through their own near misses and seeing emergency services at the site first-hand,” Mr McMillan said.

“The Black Spot Programme allows anyone to make a submission for a safety upgrade to a road or intersection in their local area. Today’s announcement is an example of how the Liberal-Nationals coalition is ensuring regional areas get their fair share of roads funding for safety upgrades.

“There were 1,242 road deaths in Australia in the 12 months to February 2016. This is far too many and we must continue the campaign to make our roads safer.

“We are committed to reducing crashes on our roads.  Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy and I am delighted to see these upgrades approved.

The approved projects in McMillan are:

·       4.6km section of Haunted Hills Road from Bill Schulz Drive to Decampo Drive at Newborough: $1,100,000 to upgrade delineation including chevron alignment markers, advisory signs and motorcycle hazard signs and line marking and install guideposts and guard fence and remove hazards between DeCampo Drive and Yallourn Cemetery;
·       3.8km section of Yarragon Leongatha Road from Allambee-Childers Road to Yarragon: $865,000 upgrade road edges, signage and linemarking, remove vegetation and install guardrails;
·       Intersection of Fowler Street and Vale Street at Moe: $720,000 to install a roundabout;
·       2.7km section of Loch Poowong Road from Ferriers Road to Pines Lane at Loch: $696,000 to upgrade road edges, signage and linemarking, remove vegetation and install guardrails;
·       Section of Loch Wonthaggi Road from 1.1km to 1.7km south of Clarence Street at Loch: $463,000 to upgrade road edges, signage and linemarking, remove vegetation and install guardrails;
·       2.9km section of Mt Eccles Road from Wild Dog Valley Road to Amietts Road at Mount Eccles: $308,000 to upgrade road edges, signage and linemarking, remove vegetation and install guardrails;
·       2.8km section of Walkerville Road between Tarwin Meadows Road and Bald Hills Road at Tarwin: $179,000 to upgrade road edges, signage and linemarking, remove vegetation and install guardrails;
·       1.2km section of Lower Toora Road from Port Franklin Road to Grip Road at Bennison: $39,000 to upgrade road edges, signage and linemarking, remove vegetation and install guardrails.
·       Section of Forest Road from Labertouche Road to 8.0km north at Labertouche: $284,000 to upgrade delineation along the road;
·       2.1km section of Stolls Road from Durhams Road to Old Telegraph Road East at Buln Buln: $146,000 to install driveable endwall, guide posts and chevron alignment markers;
·       Section of Beards Track from Old Sale Road to 100m north at Shady Creek: $122,000 to upgrade delineation along road;
·       Section of Cervi Road from Spillway Road to 3km west at Tanjil South: $95,000 to install chevron alignment markers, seal shoulder at bends and upgrade guide posts.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.