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Fitzroy

Fast facts

Map of Fitzroy district 
Map of Queensland with Fitzroy District highlighted 
Area covered

117,588km2

Population of Queensland

4.50%

Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles www.qgso.qld.gov.au, April 2020

3,529km

State-controlled roads*

366km

National Land Transport Network*

281,309

Vehicle and machinery inspections

58

Boating infrastructures

30

Community safety events held

6,519

Vehicle safety inspections completed

309

Bridges**

5,330

Drivers licence tests conducted

197,479

Customer face-to-face interaction

109

Priority enabled intersection

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

Highlights

  • Continued duplicating, from two to four lanes, a section of the Capricorn Highway (Rockhampton–Duaringa) between Rockhampton and Gracemere, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Continued duplicating, from two to four lanes, the Bruce Highway Rockhampton Northern Access Stage 1 between Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road and Parkhurst, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Continued construction of new overtaking lanes, in addition to widening and surfacing approximately 18 kilometres of the Bruce Highway north of Benaraby, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Commenced construction of six new overtaking lanes on the Capricorn Highway between Gracemere and Emerald, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Completed construction of a new bridge at Valentine Creek on the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Westwood, to replace the timber structure, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Type 1 Road Train Access to Rockhampton abattoirs

Delivery of Stage 2 of the Type 1 Road Train Access to Rockhampton Abattoirs on the Rockhampton–Emu Park Road will improve reliability, productivity, and resilience of the cattle chain supply in Central Queensland.

Construction commenced in late-2019 and includes widening and resurfacing of Rockhampton–Emu Park Road (Lakes Creek Road), the installation of an east and westbound Principal Cycle Network route, and the replacement of Frenchmans Creek Bridge.

The pedestrian and cyclist bridge adjacent to Frenchmans Creek bridge was demolished in March 2020 to allow access for major works in preparation for the construction of the new bridge structure. 

The project, funded under the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program by the Australian Government, will also deliver improved road safety for all road users including bike riders.

Stage 2 is expected to be completed in late-2020, weather permitting.

Yeppoon branch line

A 1.9 kilometre section of the Yeppoon branch line was reinstated to enable cattle producers in the north west and central west Queensland to transport livestock by rail directly to an abattoir in Rockhampton, thereby further supporting Rockhampton’s beef industry.

The $5 million project included the extension of the rail siding, re-sleepering and re-blasting rail track, major renewal works on two timber bridges, and replacement of two timber bridges with new drainage structures.

Construction commenced in June 2019, with practical completion in December 2019.

Bruce Highway – Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Terranova Drive intersection projects

This project will widen the Bruce Highway to four lanes between Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road and Ramsay Creek, north of Rockhampton. When combined with the Bruce Highway Safety Project at Terranova Drive, the full scope of works will deliver duplication of 4.9 kilometres of highway through the northern suburbs of Parkhurst and Glenlee.

This section of the national highway is the only arterial road to service the industrial, commercial, and residential developments in the Parkhurst area. Construction in the last 12 months included:

  • two new northbound lanes
  • northern and southern service roads connecting to adjacent industrial land 
  • intersection upgrades at William Palfrey Road and Terranova Drive 
  • the realignment of Boundary Road 
  • a southern service road on the western side of the highway.

A new roundabout at Stirling Drive, new duplicate bridges at Limestone Creek and Ramsay Creek, and the active transport features including cycleway and pedestrian paths will address safety and capacity issues identified in the Bruce Highway Action Plan 2012. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021, weather permitting.

Rockhampton Ring Road

The Rockhampton Ring Road (Plan and Preserve) project reached a major milestone in May 2020 with the release of the Concept Design. The community and industry have been encouraged to have their say on the concept with online engagement providing an opportunity to give feedback.

The alignment, west of Rockhampton, will improve:

  • connectivity to services in the beef capital
  • travel times between the residential growth areas of Gracemere and Parkhurst
  • access to the tourism facilities on the Capricorn Coast and the resource and agriculture areas to the west, with connections into the city at Ridgelands Road, Alexandra Street and Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road. 

When constructed, the ring road will integrate with major infrastructure already completed, including Yeppen North and Yeppen South and, projects in construction, the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Capricorn Highway Duplication (Rockhampton–Gracemere).

The detailed business case, led by Building Queensland, is expected to be completed in late-2020, followed by progression of the detailed design phase into 2021.

Capricorn Highway – Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication

Construction commenced on the duplication of the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere in October 2019.

The project, funded through the Northern Australian Roads Program, will expand the highway from two lanes to four lanes between the Yeppen roundabout and Gracemere (Gavial–Gracemere Road intersection). 

Construction of the new Scrubby Creek Bridge is also underway and preparation works have commenced for the construction of the new Fairy Bower Road and Old Gracemere Road intersection.

The four-lane highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere will enhance the capacity of the Capricorn Highway, improve connectivity, and reduce travel times. Intersection upgrades at Fairy Bower Road and McLaughlin Street and active transport on-road cycling facilities will also improve safety on this section of the central Queensland road network.  

The site construction for the Capricorn Highway project west of Rockhampton is expected to be completed and open to traffic by early-2021, weather permitting.

Dawson Highway (Gladstone–Biloela) – Bridge strengthening and widening project

Freight efficiency will improve along the Dawson Highway with the delivery of this project to strengthen five of the Collards Creek bridges and the Callide Creek bridge between Calliope and Biloela.

RoadTek started pavement widening works 17 kilometres east of Biloela in March 2020. The structures rehabilitation work, part of continuing improvement of the Dawson Highway to develop new transport opportunities for the region and improve access to markets, commenced in mid-2020.

This Queensland Government funded project, supporting growth, economic development, and creating jobs is expected to be completed in late-2020, weather permitting.

Operation Midgee a success

The Gladstone region conducted a marine pollution response exercise on 7–8 August 2019. Operation Midgee was based around a fictitious large-scale tallow spill at Port Alma.

An Incident Control Centre was set up in the Gladstone office with the testing of the new facilities and the production of an Incident Action Plan.

Day two saw the teams moved to Port Alma to set up the Forward Operating Base and deploy pollution response equipment. Several department staff from Gladstone and Mackay regions along with staff from Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional Council, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the Department of Environment and Science participated in the exercise.

Regular response exercises are vital to building relationships with response partners and testing the department’s competence and confidence in responding to a marine environmental emergency.