Wide Bay MP head of road safety group

DANGEROUS ROADS: The new panel will work to combat some of Australia's most dangerous roads.
DANGEROUS ROADS: The new panel will work to combat some of Australia's most dangerous roads. Jacob Carson

FEDERAL member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien has been appointed the chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel.

This new role will see O'Brien work and consult with a range of community and road user groups as well as industry agencies to improve the safety of some of the most dangerous roads across the country.

"As a former traffic accident investigator, I know that too many communities and families have been touched by the horror and tragedy of vehicle accidents,” he says.

"This Black Spot programme helps to eliminate the most deadly accident sites and I look forward to working with local communities, motoring groups and emergency services to make local roads safer.”

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the programme up until 2018-19.

This figure also includes an additional $200 million over th e next two years to improve the safety and condition of dangerous roads across the country.

"(Llew's) years of experience in working collaboratively with a broad cross-section of the community will make him invaluable in this role,” says Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester.

"He has seen first-hand the terrible impact crashes have on families, friends and the wider community and knows the importance of fixing priority danger spots to prevent accidents occurring.”

Under the programme, anybody will have the ability to nominate areas as Black Spots in need for funding.

"I am looking forward to working with Llew's and the rest of the panel as we deliver a safer national road network,” Chester says.

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