Territory roads will be safer with the Turnbull Government investing $2.1 million to improve Northern Territory roads through the national Black Spot Programme, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today.
The $2.1 million will fund 10 Black Spot projects to improve roads in the major centres of Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine, as well as Top End towns including Wadeye, Palumpa, Galiwinku and communities in Central Australia.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to building safer roads across the nation, including here in the Northern Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as a high priority, with two fatal crashes and 42 crashes leading to injuries recorded at the 10 sites.
Senator Scullion said the Black Spot Programme reduced the risk of crashes by funding the installation of infrastructure such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.
“A panel that includes representatives from all tiers of government, as well as the NT Road Transport Association, Automobile Association of Northern Territory and NT Police, reviews priorities for the programme,” Senator Scullion said.
The Coalition 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 across the nation.
For more information on the Government’s Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.
A list of the Black Spot projects being funded is attached.