SAFER ROADS: More funding has been allocated to make South Burnett roads safer.
SAFER ROADS: More funding has been allocated to make South Burnett roads safer. Troy Jegers

Additional funding to make South Burnett roads safer

THE South Burnett Regional Council will receive more than $1.6 million to make the region's roads safer.

This brings the total funding for South Burnett roads for five years to $8.2 million for 2019/20 to 2023/24.

The additional funding is part of $2.2 billion allocated by the Australian Government to improve road safety.

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council will also benefit thanks to an additional $39,849, taking its new five-year allocation to $199,243.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, a former road crash investigator with Queensland Police, said road safety was everyone's responsibility, but the government had a key role to play in delivering safer roads.

"As a former police officer, I'm passionate about reducing road trauma and these commitments to improving road safety are very welcome,” he said.

The government announced an additional $1.1 billion in funding for local governments under the Roads to Recovery program, as well as an extra $550 million for the successful Black Spot Program.

"By fixing and upgrading road locations where crashes are occurring through safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts, we are helping make our local roads safer for all road users,” Mr O'Brien said.