The 2021-22 Federal Budget commits an additional $1 billion to the Road Safety Program, as part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to improving road safety and getting Australians home sooner sand safer.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the $1 billion funding injection will back two additional six-month tranches, extending the program from June 2022 to June 2023.
“This investment builds on the previous $2 billion over 18 months announced for the Road Safety Program as part of last year’s Budget.” Mr Pasin said.
“Now totalling $3 billion, the Road Safety Program continues our commitment to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads, because we know one death or serious injury is one too many.” Mr Pasin said.
“To date, the Road Safety Program has seen $11,220,000 delivered to Barker through tranche 1 for road safety projects due for completion by June this year.” Mr Pasin said.
This investment is expected to provide a boost to local jobs, further supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Road Safety Program is aimed at delivering lifesaving road safety upgrades on rural and regional roads throughout Barker and providing better protections for vulnerable road users,” Mr Pasin said.
“We are funding crucial upgrades through the application of road safety improvements including shoulder sealing and the installation of rumble strips, to support the safe return of vehicles from the shoulder into the travel lane; physical barriers to prevent run off road crashes and median treatments to prevent head-on vehicle collisions.” Mr Pasin said.
“This investment complements a suite of other Australian Government initiatives such as investment in driver reviver upgrades, innovative road safety technologies and education campaigns.”
For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.