BLACK SPOT PROGRAM FUNDS TO SAVE LIVES IN FAIRFAX

Residents in Fairfax received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Government announcing an investment of more than $680,000 toward two local projects under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program.

Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said he was pleased to see projects like the widening of Lindsay Road in Buderim delivered under this funding round.

“Being involved in a traffic incident is a harrowing experience,” Mr O’Brien said. “Not only for the person involved, but in serious cases, for the families and friends of the victims as well.”

“The Morrison Government has announced it will invest $444,500 toward widening Lindsay Road from the intersection of Lindsay Road and Tulip Lane, down to Jones Road in Buderim. This will include the removal of roadside hazards, upgrading alignment and the installation of warning signs and chevron alignment markers.

“A further $240,000 will be spent reconstructing and widening the existing curve from Petrie Creek Road Plantation Retirement Resort to Paynter River at Rosemount. This extensive upgrade will involve sealing the shoulders, enhancing delineation, improved line marking, guide posts and raised pavement markers.

“These two notorious black spots in Fairfax will be remedied with funding from the 2020-21 Black Spot Program, but we need the community to continue to have input into where these black spots are.

“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 Michael McCormack announced Queensland would receive $25.3 million over two years under the latest round of program funding.

“The Federal Government’s record investment into upgrading roads is saving lives right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“As a regional representative, I know first-hand how road crashes, causing death and injury, affect smaller communities.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history 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.

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $1 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2022‑23 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: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.