The Light Electorate is to receive the lion’s share of the 2023-24 road safety funding allocated to South Australia through the Black Spot Program.

The Federal Government has allocated $5.9 million for 17 projects to upgrade a number of intersections and roads to improve road safety.

The program funds safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred or are at risk of occurring.

One of these locations is the intersection of Dalkeith Road and Stebonheath Road in Kudla where funding of almost $2 million is being provided to install a roundabout to keep traffic moving safely.

The SA consultative panel, which recommends the funding, includes representatives from the South Australian Road Transport Association, South Australian Freight Council Inc, Traffic Management Association of Australia, Bicycle SA, SA Police, Royal Automobile Association of SA, Local Government Association of SA and the SA Department for Infrastructure and Transport.

The Panel provides the opportunity for stakeholders to have a say in the project selection process and ensure that nominations of the highest priority and importance to the local community are recommended for approval.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Carol Brown said this major investment is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to building safer roads, as we work towards Vision Zero: no deaths on Australian roads by 2050.

SA Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Tom Koutsantonis has welcomed the opportunity to partner with the Australian Government to ensure the road network in South Australia is safer by targeting the worst accident spots one by one.

Local State Member of Parliament Tony Piccolo MP said residents in his electorate have long been calling for action on the black spot at the intersection of Dalkeith and Stebonheath Roads.

“This funding for a new roundabout is a vindication of their efforts and we’re very grateful that the Albanese Government has listened to the local community,” said Mr Piccolo.