Road safety must come first

The Wide Bay Burnett has the greatest regional population outside of the South East Corner and yet for the past two years, we’ve received the second lowest capital spend in regional Queensland in the State budget.

For the 2019/20 financial year, the Wide Bay Burnett region was allocated just 4.5% ($588million) of Labor’s $13billion budget and in that budget was just one lonely Transport & Main Roads (TMR) project for the Bundaberg electorate.

Unfortunately, Labor failed to commit funding for any Bundaberg road upgrades or major road works, only throwing in a splash of cash for the ongoing maintenance of the Burnett Traffic Bridge.

The evident lack of TMR funding for Bundaberg might be somewhat comprehensible if we didn’t have an extensive list of dangerous roads, intersections and other road safety issues which desperately need addressing – but we do.

Since becoming Bundaberg’s MP just over two years ago, hundreds of residents have contacted my office to voice their concerns and suggestions regarding various Bundaberg roads and I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank them for taking the time to do so.

Upgrading the FE Walker Street and Ashfield Road intersection, resealing Bargara Road at Eastgate Street, de-maining Quay Street, establishing turning and merging lanes on the Isis Highway, installing a multimodal pathway to connect Bundaberg and Bargara and fitting flashing signs in all school zones are just a few of the many road projects regularly raised with my office.

I will continue to listen to residents, write to the Minister, speak and ask questions in Parliament and liaise with our local TMR management team to further my fight for these projects, among others.

Last year we lost 217 lives on Queensland roads. That’s 217 too many.

We must strive to do better and road safety must come first.

If you have a TMR or any other State Government issue you’d like to raise, please don’t hesitate to contact my office on (07) 4111 3100 or bundaberg@parliament.qld.gov.au. We would be more than happy to assist where we can, so together we can continue building a better Bundaberg.

 

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