Hundreds of road safety projects are rolling out across New South Wales, in a $408 million blitz designed to reduce road trauma and save lives, with Heathcote receiving over $1,400,000.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian and NSW Governments were working tirelessly to ensure works start immediately and are completed by June to get people home sooner and safer.

“This investment won’t just save lives, it will also provide a shot in the arm to local economies as we come back from the COVID-19 recession, with these projects expected to support more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines were among the measures being rolled out under the program designed to save lives.

“As part of this investment, 261 priority projects will be delivered across NSW – 150 of these on regional roads, building on our vision of a safer, stronger regional NSW,” Mr Toole said.

“These projects will help prevent the loss of more than 538 lives and serious injuries on our roads over the project life – that’s the difference between 538 people making it home safely to their families at the end of the day.”

Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said both Governments were doing everything possible to get Heathcote residents home sooner and safer.

“I am extremely pleased the following projects in my electorate are receiving funding:

• Alfords Point Road at Menai will receive $1,073,283 for installation of a median barrier.
• Princes Highway off ramp at Waterfall will receive $134,160 to upgrade pram ramps.
• Sir Bertram Stevens Drive in the Royal National Park will receive $201,240 for Audio Tactile Centre line marking.”

“We know how important these upgrades will be to our local community and that’s why we are funding them.”

The Australian Government’s 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 to protect vulnerable road users across NSW, 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 notionally allocated funds within a timeframe, or the funds can be reallocated to projects in other jurisdictions.

In total, the Australian Government has committed up to $300 million and the NSW Government a further $108.2 million to fund the state-wide upgrades under tranche one.

For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.