THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
Federal Member for Flinders
Minister for Health and Aged Care
Motorists across the Mornington Peninsula are receiving a major road safety boost with the Morrison Government announcing it will invest over $3.2 million toward two projects under the 2021–22 Black Spot Program.
In Rye and Tootgarook, over $1.8 million will be allocated for installing compact roundabouts, raised intersections and additional signage in conjunction with the speed limit being lowered to 40km/h between the boundaries of Point Nepean Road and Browns Road.
Over $1.4 million will also be allocated to upgrades at the intersection of Craigie Road and Osbourne Drive in Mt Martha. A compact roundabout, raised pavements and splitter islands will be installed to aid in reducing speeds on the approach to the intersection.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said community input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.
“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains not only on those involved, but also the families and friends of the victims,” Minister Hunt said.
“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.”
“The Mornington Peninsula’s roads can be particularly busy, especially with many tourists visiting from outside the region, so by eliminating these black spots the Morrison Government is ensuring more Australians can get home sooner and safer.”
“I am pleased to see that projects like these will be delivered under the 2021–22 funding round.”
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 said.
“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 Victoria would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on Victorian 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.