Federal funding delivers for ‘black spots’ and other upgrades in the Northern Territory

The Australian Government has announced $1.87 million for the Northern Territory under the Black Spot Program's 2018-19 funding round.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, the Chair of the Northern Territory Black Spot Consultative Panel, Senator Nigel Scullion and Minister Assisting the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Keith Pitt MP made the joint announcement.

“The Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of crashes through funding safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations,” Minister McCormack said.

“The five black spot projects being funded across the Northern Territory are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll.”

Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said this investment in black spot projects will deliver safer roads in three local government areas throughout the Northern Territory.

“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 21 casualty crashes recorded at these sites over the past five years, including one fatality,” Senator Scullion said.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.”

Details of the funded projects are available at this link.

The panel which reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the NT Road Transport Association, NT Police, Automobile Association of the NT and territory and local government.

The Australian Government has committed $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2021–22 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.