New road safety upgrades and improvements will be delivered to the Richmond electorate thanks to funding from the NSW Nationals in the federal government.
NSW Nationals Senator Perin Davey said the funding will deliver crucial road safety improvements across Richmond whilst also supporting shovel-ready construction jobs.
“This vital funding provides a critical boost to local jobs and the economy in an uncertain environment, but it also delivers life-saving upgrade works to keep people safe on our roads,” Senator Davey said.
“A total of over $2 million will be shared across the Richmond electorate to fund new road safety upgrades and improvements to help reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries occurring on our roads.
“We must continue to invest in local projects to ensure the community gets home safely at night, as currently around 1200 people die and 40,000 are seriously injured on our roads each year.”
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 NSW Nationals in the federal government have committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program,” Mr Joyce said.
“Our Government is committed to keeping our communities safe, while securing our economic recovery.
“The funding supports the fast roll-out of lifesaving safety works on rural and regional roads, and is another example of the NSW Nationals working to reduce the number of Australians missing around the dinner table due to tragedies on our roads.”
The 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 New South Wales, 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 allocated funds within a timeframe, or the funds can be reallocated to projects in other jurisdictions.
For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.