April 21, 2020

Road maintenance in the South Burnett, Noosa and Cherbourg will receive a boost thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program. 

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the Roads to Recovery funding would support councils to progress a number of high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads.

“Safer roads save lives and the Roads to Recovery program helps local councils build better and safer roads,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Infrastructure investment is more important now, during COVID-19, than ever before, to keep people in jobs and help the economy.”

The March quarter Roads to Recovery projects funded in Wide Bay include:

  • Noosa Council – $275,165 for upgrades to Black Mountain Road. 
  • South Burnett Regional Council – $865,612 for works on Wooroonden Road; Glenrock, Brand, Freemans and Bradleys Roads at Wooroonden; Annings Road and Silverleaf Road, Murgon; Crownthorpe Road and Nangur Road, Crownthorpe; Carters Road, Tablelands; and Tipperary Road, Redgate. 
  • Cherbourg Regional Council – $108,925 for upgrades to Murgon to Cherbourg Road at the Stan Mickelo Drive intersection and the Broadway Street intersection; maintenance to several locations on Barambah Avenue; and road reconstruction and widening at multiple locations on Murray Road and Wondai Road.

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is delivering more than $212.7 million this quarter to 425 Local Governments across the country for safer and better-maintained roads.

“Enabling road infrastructure works to continue under strict social distancing measures is crucial to keep the wheels of the economy turning during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr O’Brien said.

“These local projects mean more people will stay in jobs and spend money in their towns and businesses.”

The Morrison Government committed an addition $100 million a year as part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 Budget.

From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following.

Federal support for Local Governments include Financial Assistance Grants, Bridges Renewal, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity and Roads to Recovery programs.

More information on these programs is available at



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