$943,500 to fix local black spots

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare, and Mayor of Bankstown, Khal Asfour, today visited the intersection of Brunker Road and Graf Avenue in Yagoona to announce the government would provide $943,500 to fix five dangerous black spots.


Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese allocated these funds to the local community earlier this month.

The approved projects are:

  • Intersections of Brunker Road / Ferrier Road with Graf Avenue, Powell Street, Ashby Avenue, Woods Road and Rose Street, at Yagoona: $393,000 for minor safety upgrades at Powell Street, Ashby Avenue, Woods Road and Rose Street; and to close the intersection at Graf Avenue with a median;
  • Intersections of Chapel Road, with Hixson Street, Dudley Avenue, Dellwood Street, Cambridge Avenue, Chelmsford Avenue and Shenton Avenue, at Bankstown: $320,000 for minor safety work at Hixson Street, Dudley Avenue, Dellwood Street, Cambridge Avenue and Chelsford Avenue; and close the intersection at Shenton Avenue with a median;
  • Intersection of Graham Street and Mt Auburn Road at Auburn: $123,000 to install a roundabout;
  • Intersection of Dutton Street and Glassop Street at Bankstown: $60,000 to install raised islands on both Glassop Street approaches to the intersection with additional give way signs; and
  • Intersection of Clyde Street and Hudson Street at South Granville: $47,500 to close the intersection with a median.

The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2013-14).

Mr Clare said since being elected in 2007, the Federal Labor Government has allocated over $3.1 million to fix twenty one black spots across the Blaxland electorate.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with fourteen of these projects already completed,” said Mr Clare.

“And the good thing about our Black Spot Program is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade.

“The work includes things like the installation of stop and give way signs, raised islands and roundabout”.

“Nomination forms are available from my office or can be downloaded from: www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au.”

Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, today welcomed the funding.

“This is a great example of how Bankstown works closely with the Commonwealth on important community projects,” Mayor Asfour said.

“A total of 89 crashes have occurred at these three black spots over the past five years, so this funding will help us improve conditions for our residents which is one of Council’s priorities.”.

Mr Albanese said a recent evaluation of the program found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, which translates to the saving of one life per year for every 84 projects. It also returns around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.

“That’s why nationally we’ve doubled the program’s funding to half a billion dollars – more than honouring all our election commitments.”

Issued: 31 May 2013