Upgrade works will start soon on roads in Maryborough, Gympie and Noosa thanks to $2.7 million in Coalition Government funding, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announced today.
Mr O'Brien said Fraser Coast Regional Council received $2,120,308 through the Roads to Recovery program for a significant upgrade to Walker Street, Maryborough, between Neptune Street and Stevenson Street.
The upgrade will include the reconstruction of approximately 450m of pavement; stormwater drainage, kerb and channel installation, and more.
"The works are scheduled to start in January, and weather permitting, should be on track to finish in June," Mr O'Brien said.
Gympie Regional Council received $100,000 to reconstruct pavements and widen Tyrell Road, Monkland, from the intersection of Noosa Road and Tyrell Road to the intersection of East Deep Creek Road and Tyrell Road, with work to start in February.
A further $500,000 was given to Noosa Council to improve the surface and drainage of Donnelly's Road, Ridgewood, from Cooroy-Belli Creek Road to Old Mill Road intersections, starting in February.
"These projects will improve safety and traffic flow for all road users, and are a great example of how the Roads to Recovery program can benefit communities in Wide Bay," Mr O'Brien said.
The Coalition Government has demonstrated its commitment to the Roads to Recovery Programme by increasing funding available to councils across Australia from $350 million to $400 million a year, beginning in 2019-2020.
"Local people know local roads best. Under the Roads to Recovery programme, the Australian Government provides funding that enables councils to prioritise work on the roads that need urgent attention, ensuring improved safety and economic benefit where it is most needed," Mr O'Brien said.
"Reducing road trauma is a responsibility for every Australian and every level of Government – local, state and federal."