Delivering new road safety funding for Tasmania

The Liberal National Government is delivering an additional $16.27 million for road safety upgrades which will save lives in Tasmania.

Senator Richard Colbeck said that delivering a 25% increase to the Roads to Recovery program would upgrade local roads right across the State.

“Keeping Australians safe is our Government’s number one priority so we’re providing a huge boost to local road funding to ensure families come home safe to their loved ones.”

Senator Eric Abetz said the funding will go to local councils to target areas of need so that we can continue to drive road deaths towards zero.

“Our Government is empowering local Government to do more to upgrade their roads because they have the on-ground knowledge to respond quickly to hazards that could endanger Tasmanian motorists.”

Senator Wendy Askew said the increase to Roads to Recovery was part of a $2.2 billion national road safety package that would deliver vital new funding for road users.

“In addition to $16.27 million for Roads to Recovery, Tasmania will receive a share of an extra $550 million for the road Black Spot Program and $571.1 million to increase heavy vehicle safety.”

Senator Jonathon Duniam said the program would deliver safer roads particularly in regional areas which are disproportionately subject to road deaths.

“Regional Tasmania is the backbone of our State’s economy and it is so important for creating jobs that we continue to increase the safety and efficiency of our road network, particularly in rural and remote areas.”

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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