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Saving More Lives Through the Black Spot Programme

Jim Lloyd, Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

TRS16/Budget 10th May 2005

The AusLink Black Spot Programme will be extended until at least June 2008, the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd announced today.

"The Australian Government will deliver on its election promise by spending an extra $90.0 million in 2006-07 and 2007-08, $45.0 million a year, to extend the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which provides funding to improve dangerous sections of our roads," Mr Lloyd said.

"The Budget already includes $45.0 million for the programme in 2005-06, which will fund about 370 black spot projects.

Mr Lloyd said the programme could be expected to prevent more than 1,500 serious road crashes during the next three years.

"Our decision to extend the programme will save lives. The programme is one of our key weapons against road trauma; it fixes the places where accidents occur with treatments such as traffic lights, roundabouts and improved lighting.

"The extension of the programme can be expected to enable us to fund works for another 750 accident sites. By June 2008, we will have funded more than 4,400 projects - and every one of those projects will have made our roads safer.

Minister Lloyd said that despite a 1.5 per cent decrease in fatalities on Australian roads in 2004, more needed to be done to save lives.

"Every death on our roads is a tragedy affecting not only families, but also whole communities," Mr Lloyd said.

"The Australian Government's National Road Safety Strategy, along with the AusLink Black Spot Programme, both have the objective of reducing the road crash death rate but there is no room for complacency.

"The AusLink Black Spot Programme is a key part of the Government's strategy to reduce the national road fatality rate by 40 per cent by 2010. We will allocate half the extra funding to rural areas, because about 50 per cent of serious injuries occur on rural roads.


Minister Lloyd said the Government had also:

  • initiated the groundbreaking trial of post-licence driver education that will begin later this year. Fourteen thousand young drivers in Victoria and New South Wales will undertake a special driver training course as part of the trial. The trial is the first step in the Government's election promise to work with the states and territories to set up a compulsory national scheme for P-plate drivers by 2007; and
  • announced in this Budget that we will spend an additional $8.8 million over the next four years ($2 million in 2005-06) on improving and administering motor vehicle safety standards.

Mr Lloyd said the Government had asked the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE) to carry out a further evaluation of the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which will update the research it carried out in 2001.

Details of the AusLink Black Spot Programme funding allocations and the number of approved projects for 2005-06 are attached.

 

Media contacts:
Fiona Telford Mr Lloyd's office 02 6277 7060 / 0407 908 504

 

AusLink Black Spot Programme Funding Allocations

  2004-05
$m
2005-06
$m
2006-07
$m
2007-08
$m
Total
$m
New South Wales
14.3
14.3
14.3
14.3
57.2
Victoria
10.4
10.4
10.4
10.4
41.7
Queensland
8.9
8.9
8.9
8.9
35.7
Western Australia
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
19.9
South Australia
3.5
3.5
3.5
3.5
14.0
Tasmania
1.1
1.1
1.1
1.1
4.5
Northern Territory
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
2.7
ACT
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.6
2.4
Administration and evaluation
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
2.0
Total
45.0
45.0
45.0
45.0
18.0

Figures may not add precisely to totals due to rounding.

NSW Vic Qld WA SA Tas NT ACT
115
63
75*
54
28
22
7*
4*

* - estimated number of projects based on approvals for 2003-04 and 2004-05