ROADS

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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.

PHOTO: MEG GAN­NON

ROAD SAFETY: Coun­cil are in­vest­ing $39.3 mil­lion in roads and lo­cal streets.

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