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North West

Fast facts

Map of of North West District 
Map of Queensland with North West District highlighted 
Area covered

307,082km2

Population of Queensland

0.60%

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

3,575km

State-controlled roads*

1,024km

National Land Transport Network*

36,895

Vehicle and machinery inspections

4

Boating infrastructures

6

Community safety events held

1,457

Vehicle safety inspections completed

87

Bridges**

850

Drivers licence tests conducted

10,536

Customer face-to-face interaction

4

Priority enabled intersection

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

Highlights

  • Completed paving and sealing sections of the Kennedy Developmental Road between The Lynd and Hughenden, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Completed paving, sealing and minor floodway upgrades on sections of the Gregory Downs–Camooweal Road.
  • Undertook a district reseal program across the state-controlled network.
  • Undertook a district reseal program across the national network.
  • Commenced replacement of a culvert at Boundary Creek on the Flinders Highway (Richmond–Julia Creek).

Carl Katter Bridge and Isa Street Bridge

The department worked closely with the Cloncurry Shire Council and Mount Isa City Council to replace two bridges as part of a package of projects jointly funded through the Bridge Renewal Program.

The Carl Katter Bridge in Cloncurry was opened on 17 February 2020. This bridge replacement was jointly funded by the Australian Government contributing $2.5 million, the Cloncurry Shire Council contributing $1.67 million, and the Queensland Government contributing $800,000. Due to a road realignment, increased width and lane capacity, and new barriers on the bridge approaches, the new bridge has improved flood immunity and safety for road users.

The Isa Street Bridge in Mount Isa was opened on 13 December 2019 replacing the old structure originally built in 1932. This bridge replacement was funded by the Australian Government contributing $3.5 million, Mount Isa City Council contributing $2.87 million, and the Queensland Government contributing $635,000.

The Bridges Renewal Program is an Australian Government initiative to upgrade and replace bridges to improve access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.

Mount Isa intersection upgrades

The department delivered major intersection upgrades on the Barkly Highway in the Mount Isa urban area from Abel Smith Parade intersection to Camooweal Street intersection, which was completed in September 2019.

This project upgraded nine intersections and was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments (80:20) under the Northern Australia Roads Program.

This project addressed intersection safety and traffic performance issues for local road users.

Kennedy Developmental Road (Lynd to Hughenden)

As part the Northern Australia Roads Program, the Kennedy Developmental Road upgrade progressively sealed an additional 42.15 kilometres of road from Lynd to Hughenden.

The department worked with Etheridge and Flinders Shire Councils and works were completed in March 2020.  Road users have improved reliability and efficiency of this key link between towns.

The progressive sealing and widening works have boosted economic productivity in northern Queensland by creating jobs and enhancing rural and regional liveability through improved access for essential services.

This project was jointly funded 80:20 by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Flinders Highway reconstruction works

Reconstruction works to improve 22 kilometres of the Flinders Highway between Hughenden and Julia Creek (to repair damage from the 2019 floods) included works to stabilise damaged pavement, shoulder repairs, and drainage works.

In addition to the disaster repairs, betterment works were completed to improve flood resilience on this critical route from Mount Isa through to Townsville. These works included full-width road reconstruction and a modified seal to reduce the risk of damage in future floods.

During construction the department worked closely with transport industry stakeholders to facilitate road access and ensure the continued movement of vital freight and resources across north and north-west Queensland.

These works were jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.