Blue Mountains community encouraged to apply for road safety innovation funding

Monday, 04 May 2020

The opportunity to drive the future of road safety innovation and technology is here, with applications for Round 1 of the Australian Government’s $12 million Road Safety Innovation Fund now open.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, urged any organisations in the Blue Mountains with an interest in road safety research and development to apply for funding to help make a difference to the lives of all Australians.

“Despite reduced traffic on our local roads because of the COVID-19 pandemic, improving road safety is a key and ongoing priority for the Morrison Government,” Senator Payne said.

“Road crashes have an enormous emotional and economic impact on all affected communities, but particularly on the families and friends of the victims.

“Innovation and technology are key tools that can help reduce the number of road crashes by ensuring road safety becomes ‘business as usual’ for all road users.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the program would provide grants for road safety research and technology development to improve safety outcomes for road users across the nation.

“The Australian Government takes road safety seriously, because one death or one crash on our roads is one too many,” Mr McCormack said.

“The fund will target innovative projects addressing priority areas including improving road safety in regional and remote areas, reducing driver distraction and drug driving and supporting better safety outcomes for vulnerable road users.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the first round of the Road Safety Innovation Fund had $2 million available to fund projects across the country to run over the next four years.

“Potential projects can include innovation in road safety management initiatives, new technologies and delivery techniques or research that better informs policy development and outcomes,” Mr Buchholz said.

“This fund is just one of the many ways the Australian Government is investing in road safety to move towards zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.

Senator Payne said Blue Mountains City Council had been allocated more than $1.2 million since November 2019 to help fix local roads and improve road safety.

“Under the Roads to Recovery Program $869,000 has been allocated to assist Council with road maintenance, while under the 2020-21 Road Black Spot Program, $425,000 has been allocated towards the upgrade of Scott Avenue between Gladstone Road and the Great Western Highway at Leura, which will include pedestrian crossing improvements,” Senator Payne said.

“The Morrison Government is delivering for the Blue Mountains because we know how important it is for motorists to get home safer and sooner.

“Equally, we understand that these grassroots infrastructure projects are invaluable because they help support local jobs.”

The first round of applications for the Road Safety Innovation Fund close on 18 May 2020 and will be assessed through an open competitive process. For further information, including application guidelines and submissions, visit www.grants.gov.au.

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