FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS TO SAVE LIVES ON NOTORIOUS SUNSHINE COAST ROADS

Three notoriously dangerous road accident black spots on the Sunshine Coast will receive critical safety upgrades following $2.65 million in Morrison Government Funding. The funding, delivered under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program, will go toward upgrading sections of Hunchy Road at Hunchy, Tunnel Ridge Road in Landsborough, and Leeding Road in Glenview.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace announced the funding this morning at the site of a fatal 2017 motorcycle crash on Hunchy Road.

“Road crashes, like the one that tragically ended the life of a 48 year old man right here on Hunchy Road, take an unimaginable emotional and economic toll on the families and friends of their victims. Too many people in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland know someone who has been affected by a road traffic accident on one of our country roads.” Mr Wallace said.

“Thanks to this community’s overwhelming response in making nominations for the Government’s Black Spot program, the Southern and Central Sunshine Coast is receiving funding for three life-saving projects in this round.” He said.

The $2.65 million in funding will widen and seal 2 dangerous curves on Hunchy Road between Hardings Road and Blackbutt Road, remove roadside hazards on both sides of the road, create safer drainage and upgrade warning signs. Similar work will be undertaken on Landsborough’s Tunnel Ridge Road between Kowald Road and Rose Road, and on Leeding Road at the intersection of Glenview Road and Nina Drive. Works at these sites will include the removal of dangerous trees and the erection of new safety barriers.

Mr Wallace said that community engagement was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

“None of these projects would be happening without the community’s input. I hope these upgrades will be a reminder to all Sunshine Coast residents and motorists to nominate projects for future funding rounds and help make our community a safer place.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced Queensland would receive $25.3 million over two years under the latest round of program funding.

“The Federal Government’s record investment into assisting local councils to upgrade their roads is saving lives right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“As a regional representative, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, the Australian, State and Territory Governments have committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries recorded on the nation’s roads by at least 30 per cent by 2020.

“Fixing the 51 black spots identified in Queensland over the next two years will play a crucial role in helping us achieve that goal,” Mr Buchholz said.

“We are committed to making sure those living and travelling through Queensland are able to do so more safely by providing the infrastructure they want, need and most importantly deserve.” 

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $1 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2022‑23 to improve road safety across the nation.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

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Authorised by Andrew Wallace MP, Liberal National Party, 11/10 Lake Kawana Blvd, Bokarina, QLD, 4575