Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the RACQ statistics revealing the Nanango Electorate as the second highest region for road fatalities so far this year is heartbreaking.
Mrs Frecklington said the tragedy that is unfolding on our region’s roads is leaving families torn apart, with 10 fatalities in the region between January and July 2021.
“It seems like each time you see the news, there has been another fatality, or serious accident in our region,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“And we have to remember that these statistics only count the people who have lost their lives. There are many more who are injured and incapacitated in these accidents and who will endure a lifetime of suffering.
“Sadly however, I don’t think anyone from my Electorate would be surprised by these figures.
“We have known for a long time that many of our state-controlled roads are unsafe and that there has been a chronic neglect of regional road upgrades and maintenance under Labor.
“I have been continually asking for road funding for our key regional roads, but the response is always the same from Labor - our regional roads are not a priority and there is no funding.
“Unfortunately, that statistics don’t lie and the RACQ breakdown highlights that state-controlled roads in regions like Nanango, Callide and Burnett are being overlooked for funding. This is having terrible consequences for too many people who are losing their lives on our local roads.
“Statewide we know the backlog on state-controlled roads has blown out from $4 billion to $6 billion.
“The Auditor-General also forecast that our maintenance backlog would grow to $9 billion this decade, but at the current rate, it will be well over $10 billion.
“I implore the Labor Government to look at these statistics and what is blatantly obvious - our regional roads need urgent funding to make them safe.
“Our communities need confidence in their road network to know they can travel to work, drop their kids off at school or drive their truck to market without worrying if they’ll return to their families at the end of the day,” Mrs Frecklington said.