House debates

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Constituency Statements

Road Safety

9:51 am

Photo of Julie CollinsJulie Collins (Franklin, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

I rise this morning to talk about the serious matter of road safety. I have listened to my constituents on a range of issues since I was elected over nine months ago, and road safety is certainly a very serious concern for families who travel on southern Tasmanian roads. The message is very simple: they want us to help them make their roads safer for their families and tourists visiting the area. You only have to turn on your TV and watch the nightly news to gain some understanding of the devastating road crashes and how bad they are for the local communities. Tragically, there was a fatal accident in my electorate in the last few weeks. My sympathy goes to the families involved. We all know that road accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy. They are a major cost to Australians, both financially and emotionally.

Despite notable improvements in road safety over past decades, there is still much to be done. This is why the Rudd government is committed to funding strategies and measures that are helping to improve road safety. One such measure that I would like to talk about today is the Black Spot Program. Members of the House would be aware that the Rudd government has increased funding for black spot projects. Increasing the funding was a commitment made by this side of the House in the lead-up to the 2007 election.

As chair of the federal government’s Tasmanian Black Spot Consultative Panel, recently I was pleased to announce with the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government the black spot funding for Tasmania for this year. I was particularly pleased to announce an investment of $160,000 to fix a dangerous black spot on a local road in Oyster Cove in my electorate in southern Tasmania. Oyster Cove is situated 35 kilometres south of Hobart, and this beautiful part of Tasmania is visited by tourists. The $160,000 will improve line markings as well as reduce roadside hazards that exist along Nicholls Rivulet Road from the Channel Highway to Kemps Road. It is a simple but effective project that is implementing minor road improvements to reduce the risk of crashes.

The $160,000 project is part of the $50 million funding that the Rudd government is delivering to fix black spots on local roads across Australia. The total funding allocation for Tasmania in this financial year is $1.2 million. This is a serious investment to ensure there are safer roads for local motorists and their families. In my capacity as chair of the consultative panel, I am working closely with the community and stakeholder organisations, along with their representatives, to ensure black spot projects continue to be rolled out across Tasmania.

The Black Spot Program has a proven track record of saving lives. An evaluation of the program has shown that it prevented 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious accidents in its first three years. I welcome the Rudd Labor government’s commitment to increasing black spot funding. It will certainly mean safer roads for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

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Posted on 25 Jan 2013 8:18 pm (Report this comment)

Well at least something might get done! DIER have so far failed to act on our concerns despite persistent expressions of concern from a number of residents. The particular stretch of road I'm referring to has been of concern for sometime and is exceptionally dangerous for traffic exiting our drive way, there is a blind corner to our left and our vision to the right is obstructed by trees, leaving our drive is a matter of one, two, three go. Traffic travels so fast that by time you look one way then back a car appears around the corner with many close calls by most residents up our drive, up to 12 cars a day exit blindly alone from our drive daily. Since contacting DIER mid last year, since November alone there has been two serious accidents that have caused the road to be closed for a considerable period and both times occupants have been trapped and have narrowly escaped ending up in the Rivulet. There have been many incidents over the years and yet still there has been no action taken not even concealed entrance signs as we were advised we in process of being erected. It's only a matter of time before fatality... then who's to blame?

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