A $39.3 million spend on Western Downs roads, bridges and footpaths will boost exporter productivity, safety and liveability, according to councillor Greg Olm.
After what was one of the darkest weeks in our region’s history with eight road crash related deaths, locals called on the government to take action.
Home to Queensland’s largest network of roads in a single area, thousands of kilometres of Western Downs roads will need to be maintained throughout the next 12 months.
It’s why the council has needed to dedicate a majority of the funding to roads and streets.
Cr Olm said the scope of the area council oversaw was expansive and could not be dealt with alone.
“There are over 7500km of local roads which council needs to maintain in terms of upgrades, reseals and gravel re-sheet programs, with a further 1810 kilometres of state-owned roads in the region, maintained by council on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads in consultation with council,” he said.
Council also said they aimed to place safety at the forefront of their investment into roads.
“Council has a keen interest in ensuring that everyone driving on our roads feels safe, whether they are locals, tourists or commercial enterprises travelling along our important freight routes,” Cr McVeigh said.
ROAD SAFETY: Council are investing $39.3 million in roads and local streets.