Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced that Tweed will benefit from the Saving Lives on Country Roads Program with works at Stotts Creek to begin this financial year.

“Country people make up a third of the NSW population, but last year fatalities on country roads made up nearly 70 per cent of the road toll. The shocking truth is that you are four times more likely to be killed on roads in the country compared to people who live in the city,” Mr Provest said.

“The Saving Lives on Country Roads Program aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads by addressing high risk curves and installing safety features to prevent driver fatigue and lane departure crashes.”

Key points:

  • The NSW Government announced the new Saving Lives on Country Roads infrastructure upgrade program as part of its Road Safety Plan 2021
  • $50 million has been allocated in round one to deliver 98 priority road safety projects
  • Pacific Motorway at Stotts Creek to receive funding for improvements to reduce the likelihood of crashes including audio-tactile line marking.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the projects in Tweed form part of $640 million to deliver safety upgrades on country roads, part of a record $1.9 billion investment to improve road safety in NSW.

“Development of projects will get under way in Tweed from next month, with Roads, Maritime and Services and local councils starting to work on or completing these important upgrades this financial year.”

A second round of infrastructure upgrades will take place next financial year.

Along with these safety works, the Saving Lives on Country Roads advertising campaign continues to be rolled out to encourage drivers to think twice about their behaviour on the road.