Nom­i­nate a road black spot

The Tatura Guardian - - News - In­vest­ment.in­fra­struc­ture.gov.au/fund­ing/ blackspots/

Sub­mis­sions for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment road Black Spot Pro­gram fund­ing are open for the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.

Changes have been made to make it eas­ier for coun­cils in the Mur­ray elec­torate to put in sub­mis­sions for the road safety projects.

‘‘Any­one in Mur­ray can nom­i­nate a black spot, not just coun­cils. To nom­i­nate for a black spot com­plete the online nom­i­na­tion form and tell the Vic­to­rian Con­sul­ta­tive Panel about our lo­cal black spots,’’ Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Shar­man Stone said.

In 2015/16 and 2016/17 the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing a record $500 mil­lion in the Black Spot Pro­gram over five years, in­clud­ing an ad­di­tional $200 mil­lion from the In­fra­struc­ture Growth Pack­age to fast-track the de­liv­ery of in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try.

Changes to the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria mak­ing it eas­ier for re­gional com­mu­ni­ties to be el­i­gi­ble in­clude:

At least 50 per cent of the fund­ing needs to be for re­gional roads.

The min­i­mum re­quired ben­e­fit cost ra­tio will be re­duced from 2:1 to 1:1.

Projects can be funded on the ba­sis of a road safety au­dit, rather than the crash history of the lo­ca­tion.

The crash history re­quire­ment for fund­ing a site will re­duce from three to two ca­su­alty crashes in five years or 0.13 crashes per kilo­me­tre over five years; and

The amount of black spot fund­ing which can be spent on the Na­tional Land Trans­port Net­work has been lim­ited to 25 per cent.

To ac­cess the nom­i­na­tion form, Depart­ment of In­fra­struc­ture

Sub­mis­sions close on July 31. visit the

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