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A major road safety boost was announced today with the Morrison Government announcing it will invest more than $1.6 million toward four projects in O’Connor under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said he was thrilled with the announcement, which would help keep roads safer in his electorate and save lives.

“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims,” Mr Wilson said.

“Motorists living within and visiting O’Connor will be pleased to know a total of 4 notorious black spots in the electorate will be fixed with funding from the program.

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

Mr Wilson said the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.

“Our Government is committed to building better, safer roads in partnership with the State and Local Governments, to get you home sooner and safer,” he said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced 33 projects in WA would receive $15.4 million in 2020-21 under the latest round of program funding.

“Safer roads save lives. The Australian Government is committed to improving roads in WA and right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

Nationwide, the Morrison Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2022-23 to improve road safety across the nation.

The four projects in O’Connor include:

  • $256,000 for Cape Le Grand Road Between 1.70km and 5.20km south of Merivale Road at Merivale: $256,000 to seal gravel shoulders, install recoverable batters, signs and line marking;
  • $33,350 for the intersection of Bettys Beach Road at Normans Beach Road, Moyle Road and East Bay Road at Manypeaks: $33,350 to realign Moyle Road intersection, extend and reduce height of culvert at East Bay Road, upgrade signs and delineation at Moyle Road, Normans Beach Road and East Bay Road;
  • $750,000 for the intersection of South Coast Highway and Chester Pass Road at King River: $750,000 to improve road geometry and alignment, improve clear zone, extend southbound dual carriageway on South Coast Highway, upgrade street lighting, signs, delineation and pavement markings;
  • $645,000 for Mount Monger Road Between 0.43km and 1.25km south-east of Mt Monger – Fingals Access Road and 3.05km and 3.41km south-east of Mt Monger – Fingals Access Road at Emu Flat: $645,000 to improve vertical and horizontal geometry on curves.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.