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Do your BITS for a better transport network

Do your BITS
The Bundaberg Integrated Transport Strategy is a joint initiative of Bundaberg Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads

Local residents are being encouraged to have their say on the future of freight, passenger, and active transport across the Bundaberg Region.

A questionnaire is now live, which will allow the Bundaberg community to provide valued feedback on the jointly funded Bundaberg Integrated Transport Strategy.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said $1.01 million was allocated to the integrated transport strategy project, which would focus on the development of a preferred road network for the Bundaberg Region.

“Whether you drive a car or truck, ride a bike or even get around on a scooter, your local input will generate a positive impact of the future transport strategy for the Bundaberg region,” Mr Smith said.

“Investment into our local roads means an investment into our local economy through the creation of more jobs and the delivering of key infrastructure projects.”

The Bundaberg Region has experienced steady growth and increased transport over the past 10 years, with high levels of development activity occurring across the region.

The strategy will consider this growth and develop a long-term plan for future preferred freight, passenger and active transport networks.

Bundaberg Regional Council Deputy Mayor and Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the collaboration between Transport and Main Roads and Bundaberg Regional Council had the ability to become a best practice example of combined transport planning.

“It’s fantastic to be working hand in hand with TMR and sharing our planning, knowledge and expertise to develop the best possible outcome for the Bundaberg Region community,” Cr Trevor said.

“The strategy will take a holistic approach to developing our network.

“We are starting by listening to transport users about how they use the network now and how they’d like to see it adapt in future.

“This invaluable feedback will help us to prioritise works in the short, medium and long term to support growth and create a safe, convenient and efficient transport network.”

The questionnaire is now live and will remain open until late June 2022 for locals to jump online to have their say.

All feedback collected will be used to inform the strategic planning, which will be used to prioritise potential future projects in the Bundaberg Region.

Mr Smith said the strategy demonstrated the State Government’s commitment to delivering for regions such as Bundaberg.

“Over four years we will see more than $1.5 billion in road and transport projects being delivered in the Wide Bay Burnett region.”

He said the State Government was investing a record $27.5 billion on roads and transport over four years, supporting 27,000 jobs.

The Bundaberg Integrated Transport Strategy is a strategic level transport plan being delivered by Transport and Main Roads and Bundaberg Regional Council.

Access the survey on the TMR website.