Residents of the Monash electorate received a major road safety boost today with the Australian Government announcing it will invest $2,959,750 toward four projects under the 2021–22 Black Spot Program.

Federal Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent 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,” Mr Broadbent said.

“I am pleased to see that projects like the installation of safety barriers and a roundabout at Sand Road/Princes Way and the introduction of a 60 km/h speed limit at Sand Road/Princes Way intersection and an 80 km/h speed limit on Princes Way in Longwarry North will be delivered under the 2021–22 funding round.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to securing our recovery and keeping our communities safe.

“Motorists living within and visiting Monash will be pleased to know a total of four notorious black spots in the electorate will be fixed with funding from the program.

“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 Barnaby Joyce announced Victoria would receive $25.8 million in 2021-22 under the latest round of program funding.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to making roads safer in Victoria and right across the nation,” the Deputy Prime Minister

“Representing a regional electorate myself, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities, so I am very pleased to be able to announce today the details of how this round of Black Spot funding will be distributed.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history or risk 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 the 51 Black Spot projects across West Australia would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on West Australian roads and built on previous investments in the state.

“This Government is investing in road safety upgrades right across the nation to ensure Australians get home sooner and safer, as even one death or one serious injury crash on our roads is one too many,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

“This new funding will see total investment through the Black Spot Program in Victoria rise to $64.3 million, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.”

The Australian Government has committed a record $1.1 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2023–24 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 investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

Projects in the Monash electorate include:

Baw Baw Shire, Longwarry North: $1,622,000 – Princes Way 4km section west of Potter Road at Longwarry North: $1,622,000 to install safety barriers, roundabout at Sand Road/Princes Way and raised splitter islands on all approaches, install raised safety platforms, lighting upgrades, 60 km/h speed at Sand Road/Princes Way intersection, 80 km/h speed limit on Princes Way

South Gippsland Shire, Poowong: $834,750 – Timms Road 3km section from Drouin-Korumburra Road at Poowong: $834,750 to install guideposts suited to fog conditions, painted edge lines, Douin-Korumburra Road intersection improvements, safety barrier, advanced curve warning signs, advisory speed signs, Chevron Alignment Markers and asphalt surfacing

Bass Coast Shire, Wonthaggi: $222,000 – Biggs Drive Murray Street at Wonthaggi: $222,000 to install a Left In/Left Out treatment for Murray Street legs with no right turn, install pedestrian refuge for Biggs Drive, and install concrete aprons restricting car speeds, but allowing turning of design vehicles

Cardinia Shire, Dalmore: $281,000 – Manks Road from Tooradin Station Road to Koo Wee Rup Road at Dalmore: $281,000 to install audio tactile centreline marking, reduce speed limit reduction to 80 km/h between Koo Wee Rup Road and approximately 200m – 250m west of Lea Road, install flexible w-beam safety barrier to shield three power poles