MEDIA RELEASE - BLACK SPOT FUNDING WELCOMED BUT GOVERNMENT MISSES BIG OPPORTUNITY - 9 AUGUST 2020

PETA MURPHY MP
MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

 

BLACK SPOT FUNDING WELCOMED BUT GOVERNMENT MISSES BIG OPPORTUNITY

The Federal Government’s recent announcement of ‘Black Spot’ funding to fix 92 sites on Victorian roads is welcome, but some of the most dangerous roads in Dunkley were not included.

Peta Murphy MP, Federal Member for Dunkley, advised her local community that the following sites will receive $2,003,000 in funding under the 2020-21 Black Spot Funding Program:

McClelland Drive & Skye Road, Langwarrin – Modification to roundabout and design and construction for kerb extension, traffic island, footpath and associated works - $198,000

Frankston-Dandenong Road & O’Grady Road, Carrum Downs – Control right turn from Frankston-Dandenong into O’Gradys (part time) and extend the right lane to 120 metres, amend O’Gradys Road lane configuration and signal operations, install Give-way-to-pedestrians signs and bus priority signals - $778,000

Mount Eliza Way west of Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza – Install wombat crossings at all pedestrian crossings and flashing lights at two-thirds of the crossings, reduce speed within shopping centre, 40km/h pavement marking, apply threshold treatment - $1,027,000

“This funding is welcome and I look forward to working with Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire to deliver the upgrades.” Ms Murphy said.

“More than a month ago, I wrote to Urban Infrastructure Minister, Alan Tudge supporting Frankston City Council’s request for ‘fast tracked’ black spot funding for a pedestrian intersection at McCormicks Rd, where a fatality occurred last year. I had previously supported the community to petition the Council for a crossing at that location and was very pleased on their behalf when the Council put it forward for Federal funding. It is a big disappointment that the Morrison government has ignored this request.”

Frankston City Council and Peta Murphy MP also put forward three projects - the McCormick’s Road pedestrian crossing, traffic congestion relief for local schools at Warrandyte Road and rehabilitation of Hall Road - to the Deputy Prime Minister after he asked in May 2020 for local road works to be identified for funding. None of these important projects have received direct funding.

“The Morrison government has missed an opportunity to invest more money to stimulate the local economy post COVID and fix crucial roads in Dunkley” Ms Murphy said.

“Given the harsh impact of the pandemic and recession on local jobs and businesses, we need a comprehensive package of stimulus and community support funding in Dunkley. I’ll be fighting for this to be included in the October budget.  Local road improvements are only the start.” 

 

DATE: 9 AUGUST 2020

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