Four Parkes crash sites will be made safer under the latest round of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Black Spot Program, the Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has announced.

Mr McCormack said the Government would contribute $1.498 million towards:

  • A one-lane roundabout at the intersection of Currajong and Church streets ($865,000)
  • Street lighting at pedestrian facilities on Currajong Street near Court Street ($285,000)
  • Road feature signs, raised guides with additional stop or give way signs and removing sight
    distance problems at the intersection of Close and Hooley streets ($253,000)
  • Vehicle-activated signs on Adavale Lane east of Braeside Lane ($95,000).

Mr McCormack, also the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, said the investment in Parkes’s safety was part of $50.6 million being spent in NSW on 147 projects under the Black Spot Program’s 2020-21 funding round.

“No matter where you live, the Federal Government is investing in road infrastructure to get Australians home to their families sooner and safer,” Mr McCormack said.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent.”

Mr McCormack said the roadworks would also be a boost to the local economy.

The funding has been welcomed by the Mayor of Parkes, Councillor Ken Keith OAM.

“We are delighted the Federal Government is recognising the need for this expenditure on some difficult locations in the Parkes community,” Councillor Keith said.

“It will improve the safety at these locations.”

Media release issued by The Hon. Michael McCormack's Office.