The Member for Oxley and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey MP, has announced that the Oxley electorate will benefit from the Saving Lives on Country Roads Program with upgrades at 3 locations to begin this financial year.

“Country people make up a third of the NSW population, but last year fatalities on country roads made up nearly 70 per cent of the road toll.

“The Saving Lives on Country Roads Program aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads by addressing high risk curves and installing safety features to prevent driver fatigue and lane departure crashes.”

“Development of projects will get under way from next month, with Roads, Maritime and Services and local Councils starting work on these important upgrades this financial year.”

Project list:

1. THORA, Waterfall Way at Little North Arm Road – Safety improvements to reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes including safety barrier with motorcycle underrun, road surface improvements and sealed shoulder. Funding: $1,350,5000
2. DORRIGO, Waterfall Way at Dome Road – Safety improvements to reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes including safety barrier with motorcycle underrun, delineation, audio tactile line marking, road surface improvements, intersection improvements and sealed shoulder. Funding: $810,000
3. KINCHELA, Hat Head Road – Safety improvements to reduce the likelihood of crashes including delineation, clear zone and sealed shoulder. Funding: $600,000

These projects form part of a $640 million program to deliver safety upgrades on country roads, part of a record $1.9 billion investment to improve road safety in NSW. $50 million has been allocated in round one to deliver 98 priority road safety projects. A second round of infrastructure upgrades will take place next financial year.

Along with these safety works, the Saving Lives on Country Roads advertising campaign continues to be rolled out to encourage drivers to think twice about their behaviour on the road: towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan