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HILLCREST AVENUE IN OATLEY SET FOR SAFETY UPGRADES

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David Coleman has welcomed news that $90, 000 has been allocated to upgrade Hillcrest Avenue in Oatley under the Federal Government’s 2019–20 Black Spot Program.

Under the program, the road surface along Hillcrest Avenue, near Panorama Street in Oatley, will be upgraded to a high level non-skid surface. A profile edge line will also be installed along the street, in order to improve safety for local motorists.

Mr Coleman said it important that the community’s concerns have been addressed.

“Numerous residents have raised with me their concerns about road safety at this location – particularly in regards to the s-bend that curves around Renown Reserve,” Mr Coleman said. “These measures are designed to help address these concerns, by improving the grip-ability of the road surface and in turn reducing the likelihood of skidding.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack New South Wales would receive $16.47 million under the latest round of program funding.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government is committed to making roads safer in NSW and right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“Representing a regional NSW electorate myself, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities, so I am very pleased to be able to announce today the details of how this round of Black Spot funding will be distributed.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent.

“Under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, the Australian, state and territory governments have committed to reducing the numbers of deaths and serious injuries recorded on the nation’s roads by at least 30 per cent by 2020.

“Fixing the 78 black spots identified in NSW over the next 12 months will play a crucial role in helping us achieve that goal.”

The Australian Government is providing $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program between 2013–14 and 2021–22 to improve road safety across the nation.

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.