Nationals Candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin is urging everyone to stay safe and plan ahead on our roads this festive season.

With the busy Christmas period fast approaching, our communities will be experiencing the heavy traffic with thousands of holidaymakers heading to their favourite destinations.

“As a candidate for a regional electorate I know the impact fatalities can have on our small towns. Any death in any town is one too many, however the effect is heightened in our smaller communities,” Mr Curtin said.

“Speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving tired remain our biggest killers. Now is a good time for all of us to stop and think of how we behave on the roads.”

“Whether you’re going to and from our local towns, or crossing the Queensland border, I’m encouraging motorists to make smart decisions and take care of one another when travelling.”

Mr Curtin said the Nationals in Government had invested and implemented record amounts into roads and initiatives across the electorate; a commitment to safety he was proud to be part of.

“Just over the past year we have seen the continuation of major projects such as the new Tabulam Bridge, the upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road and road corridor improvements between Ballina and Casino.” Mr Curtin said. The Safer Roads Program funded $3.4 million worth of projects in 2018 alone and the School Zone Safety Program ensured every school in our electorate has a set of school zone flashing lights. This is simply a handful of projects that have been secured by the Nationals in Government, the only party that can be trusted to deliver results for regional communities.”