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Money to improve roads

THE federal government has allocated $215,000 to the City of Swan to seal shoulders to 1.5m and install centre lines, edge lines and reflective raised pavement markers on Campersic Rd, from Hardwick Rd 1.6km north to Carmarque Dr, Millendon. 

The Shire of Toodyay will receive $186,319 to widen the road seal to 7.0m and remove vegetation from the clear zone on Julimar Rd, between 3.23km south east of Sand Spring Rd and 0.36km west of Dreyer Rd, West Toodyay. 

The funding for the projects is from the Coalition Government’s 2018-19 funding allocation for black spot projects.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the community’s input had been essential in identifying key road upgrades that would save lives.

Mr Porter said road accidents in the area placed a major burden on the community affecting emergency services, daily travel, and most importantly they placed incredible strain on friends and families.

“The history and notoriety of each black spot location will be recognised by local residents who use these roads regularly and these approved upgrades will reduce the chance of an accident,’’ he said.

“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input and I’d encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds.”

He said $5,175,339 has been allocated in Western Australia toward 28 projects forming a key plank of the government’s road safety commitment.

Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack who is also Infrastructure and Transport Minister said reducing fatalities and serious injuries on the roads was a key focus of his role as infrastructure minister.

“Accidents on our roads cost Australian’s approximately $30 billion per year – let alone the pain borne by families and friends who have lost loved ones,” he said.

“On average, black spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent, making it one of the most effective road safety measures the Australian Government has at its disposal.

“The Coalition Government has extended the black spot program and is providing $60 million a year from 2021-22 onwards, building on the current $684.5m investment from 2013-14 to 2020-21.”

For further information on the government’s black spot program or to nominate a black spot go to http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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