More than $2.7 million of Federal Government road safety funding will be provided to improve South Coast Highway east and west of Munglinup.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson, who chairs Western Australia’s highway black spot consultative panel, said the funding from the Commonwealth’s Road Safety Program would support shovel-ready construction projects.
“This vital funding for South Coast Highway will deliver life-saving road upgrades and a critical boost to local jobs and the Esperance and Ravensthorpe economies as we emerge from the pandemic,” Mr Wilson said.
“The most important thing we can do for our community is ensure we all get home safely, as about 1200 people die and 40,000 are seriously injured on Australia’s roads each year.
“The highway is a critical link for south coast communities.”
The Commonwealth funding encompasses:
$2,502,720 for sealing shoulders and introducing audible edge lines on a stretch of South Coast Highway starting to the west of East Munglinup and heading west for 31.6 kilometres to West Point Road in the Shire of Ravensthorpe; and
$204,400 for introducing audible edge lines on a stretch of South Coast Highway starting to the east of East Munglinup and heading east for 20.44 kilometres to just past Stokes Inlet Road in the Shire of Esperance.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said one life lost on Australian roads is one too many.
“That’s why the Australian Government has committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Our Government is committed to keeping our communities safe, while securing our economic recovery.
“The funding supports the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on rural and regional roads, and is another example of the Australian Government working to reduce the number of Australians missing around the dinner table due to tragedies on our roads.”
The Australian Government’s funding for the Road Safety Program is subject to ‘use it or lose it’ provisions and will deliver life-saving treatments on regional roads and protect vulnerable road users across Western Australia, while also supporting local jobs and providing a welcome boost to local economies.
The ‘use it or lose it’ provisions require states and territories to use their notionally allocated funds within a timeframe, or the funds can be reallocated to projects in other jurisdictions.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said road safety was a key priority for the Australian Government and this investment in road upgrades would provide a boost to the economy while ensuring Australians can get home sooner and safer.
“Making our roads safer is a critical component of our work to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads and move towards achieving vision zero—that is zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads by 2050,” Mr Buchholz said.
“We are also investing significantly in other life-saving road safety initiatives including the Black Spot Program, Targeted Road Safety Works initiative and Road Safety Innovation Fund.
“This additional funding complements that work, resulting in an even greater roll out of improved infrastructure and roads right across the nation.”
Deputy Prime Minister – Sarah Holder 0460 306 892
Assistant Minister Buchholz – Scott O’Connell 0413 424 384
Rick Wilson MP – Chris Thomson 0467 710 180