Local road maintenance in the Wide Bay electorate will receive a boost thanks to funding under the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery Program.
Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O'Brien MP said the Australian Government would deliver over $139.6 million to 310 local government authorities nationwide for safer and better-maintained roads.
"As the Chairman of the Joint Select Committee into Road Safety and as an ex-traffic accident investigator, improving the safety and quality of our roads is something that is very important to me and this Federal Government program helps local councils do this," Llew O'Brien said.
"The Roads to Recovery funding in Wide Bay will allow local councils across the region to undertake a number of high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads".
"These projects will include the following:
|Local Council||Road name||Work Proposed||Total Cost||Federal Government Contribution|
| Gympie Regional
|Neerdie Road, Neerdie||Road Widening||$1,150,000||$780,000|
|Noosa Road, Gympie||Road Widening||$438,000||$81,802|
|Barter Street, Gympie||Road Reconstruction||$500,000||$500,000|
|South Burnett Regional Council||Annings Road, Murgon,||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$33,068||$33,068|
|Silverleaf Road, Murgon||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$121,176||$121,176|
|Bradleys Road, Wooroonden||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$43,252||$43,252|
|Reidys Road, Wooroonden||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$39,288||$19,644|
|Freemans Road, Wooroonden||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$22,680||$22,680|
|Brand Road, Wooroonden||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$55,660||$55,660|
|Wooroonden Road, Glenrock||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$88,404||$88,404|
|Tipperary Roads, Redgate||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$65,400||$65,400|
|Heatheringtons Road, Manyung||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$53,65||$53,652|
|Crownthorpe Road, Crownthorpe||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$99,180||$99,180|
|Carters Road, Tablelands||Crumbed Rubber reseal.||$21,288||$21,288|
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government has committed an additional $100 million per year to the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019–20, as part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019–20 Budget.
"From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following," Mr McCormack said.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Gee said the Australian Government was committed to getting Australians home sooner and safer, no matter where they lived.
"Our Roads to Recovery investments will deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the country," Mr Gee said.
The Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through Financial Assistance Grants, and the Bridges Renewal, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity and Roads to Recovery programs.
More information on these programs is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au.