SOME of the SE's most dangerous roads could get more funding under the Federal Government's Black Spot Program.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs has announced that the eligibility criteria for the program had been changed to make it easier for regional communities to compete for additional funding for road safety projects.
Mr Briggs said in 2015-16 and 2016-17 the government's investment in the Black Spot Program will almost triple to $160 million a year with changes to the eligibility criteria.
What are the changes?
- At least 50 per cent of the funding for 2015/16 and 2016/17 is dedicated to regional roads.
- Reducing the minimum required benefit cost ratio for funded projects from 2:1 to 1:1.
- Reducing the crash history requirement from three to two casualty crashes in five years.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the announcement, saying the changes will deliver significant benefits for Barker by ensuring more economically productive infrastructure is built in regional areas while also delivering genuine road safety solutions.
"Broadening the criteria will significantly help small councils to successfully nominate projects that were previously ineligible under the existing guidelines," he said.
"These changes will also help address the increased risks motorists face on regional roads with the per capita risk of death or hospitalisation following a crash in a rural area significantly higher than urban areas.
"I encourage everyone in Barker, particularly local councils, to complete the online nomination form and tell the SA Consultative Panel about our local black spots."
For more information on the Black Spot Program and to access the nomination form, visit here.