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Central West

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Map of Central West district 
Map of Queensland with Central West District highlighted 
Area covered


Population of Queensland


Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles, April 2020



State-controlled roads*


National Land Transport Network*


Vehicle and machinery inspections


Boating infrastructures


Community safety events held


Vehicle safety inspections completed




Drivers licence tests conducted


Customer face-to-face interaction


Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 30 June 2020
Data source: **Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2020


  • Completed widening and sealing of a 6.1 kilometre section of the Barcaldine–Aramac Road.
  • Continued pavement widening and rehabilitation of various sections of the Kennedy Developmental Road between Winton and Boulia, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Completed pavement rehabilitation of various sections of the Capricorn Highway between Alpha and Barcaldine.
  • Completed paving and sealing of a 3.8 kilometre section of the Eyre Developmental Road between Bedourie and Birdsville.
  • Commenced the Top Limestone Creek floodway upgrade on the Diamantina Developmental Road between Boulia and Dajarra.

Eyre Developmental Road pave and seal project

Construction was completed on an upgrade to a priority section of the Eyre Developmental Road between Bedourie and Birdsville. 

Aimed at improving road safety and efficiency, four kilometres of the existing gravel road was paved and sealed. This upgrade delivers safer overtaking and passing opportunities for cars, road trains, and caravans. It also provides increased network reliability by reducing the time the road is closed or inaccessible to motorists.

The Eyre Developmental Road links with the South Australian border where it becomes the Birdsville Track. Its role in supporting Outback tourism continues to grow with this latest upgrade ensuring the road network can facilitate further growth well into the future.

Works began in August 2019 with construction completed in April 2020.

Longreach North upgrade completed

An upgrade of the Landsborough Highway between Longreach and Winton was completed in April 2020.

The Landsborough Highway provides a crucial link between Brisbane and Darwin and is the principal north-south route serving western Queensland. It is also a key tourism route and vital supply chain with the recent upgrade improving travel times and decreasing delays which are important gains for the livestock and freight industries. 

Works included:

  • widening a 25 kilometre section of the highway to nine metres
  • strengthening the road pavement
  • improving drainage structure
  • delivering a safer and smoother road with better flood immunity at low-lying areas.

Developing the highway has also delivered benefits locally, ensuring safe and reliable access to essential services and employment opportunities, further improving the liveability of surrounding communities. 

The project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments as part of the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Program to improve high-priority roads essential to the movement of people and freight to support economic development.

Richmond–Winton Road pave and seal project

The efficiency and reliability of the Richmond–Winton Road is set to improve with works starting in May 2020 to pave and seal an additional section of the road.

A strategic freight route used by a large and growing number of industries, the Richmond–Winton Road is crucial to the livestock industry in transporting cattle from northern Queensland to markets in the south. 

Currently, the road is largely unsealed and can remain closed following rainfall. 

This project is part of a broader strategy to progressively seal the entire road. The works underway will pave and seal almost four kilometres of the road to a width of seven metres, further extending the sealed road network in the area. 

The upgrade will provide safer passing and overtaking opportunities for all motorists with construction scheduled for completion in July 2020, weather permitting. 

Top Limestone Creek floodway upgrade

In April 2020, works began to improve the flood immunity of the Top Limestone Creek floodway on the Diamantina Developmental Road between Boulia and Dajarra.

The Diamantina Developmental Road is a key link for western Queensland through to the major service centre of Mount Isa and is an important connector for regional communities. 

The floodway sits about 45 kilometres north of Boulia and is prone to flooding, resulting in lengthy road closures. With no direct alternate routes available, this means a costly diversion in both time and money. The road closures also further isolate already remote communities including Boulia.  

The project is raising the floodway by one metre and widening it to eight metres, increasing access for the freight industry and surrounding communities, especially during wet weather. 

Upgrading the floodway also ensures motorists have access to a more resilient road network, improving the long-term flood immunity, safety, and efficiency of the road.

Works are on track to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.