The Nationals WA will invest $61 million to improve regional road safety across regional WA if returned to Government at the State election.
Leader of Party, Brendon Grylls said today’s announcement reaffirmed The Nationals strong commitment to improve regional road safety and reduce fatalities on country roads.
“It’s a stark reality that regional WA has a significantly higher rate of road deaths when compared to the metropolitan areas,” Mr Grylls said.
“While there is no silver bullet when solving the issue of road safety, The Nationals believe a targeted, coordinated effort is required to reduce road fatalities across regional WA.”
Mr Grylls said State Government initiatives such as the Towards Zero campaign and Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) have steadily improved fatality rates, but it was clear some areas of WA required greater focus and a clear strategy.
“A collaborative and concerted effort from Government, industry and all road users is needed to reduce the number of fatalities on our roads,” Mr Gyrlls said.
“This is why we will use Royalties for Regions, in conjunction with the RTTA, to make West Australian roads safer starting in the Wheatbelt where the death toll is highest and then expanding successful elements of the program across regional WA.”
The Nationals WA $61 million Road Safety Strategy will deliver:
$5 million to Wheatbelt Road Safety Campaign
$4 million to Road Safety Community Action Fund
$40 million to Safer Roads Fund
$12 million to Wheatbelt Road Safety Force
Review into the Road Trauma Trust Account
“The Nationals are the only party solely dedicated to regional WA and we understand the issues that matter to country people,” Mr Grylls said.
“This Strategy reaffirms our commitment to regional road safety and we will continue to work hard with the community until we reach the ultimate goal of zero road fatalities.”