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Central West region

The Central West district covers an area of 395,772km2, or around 22.9% of Queensland and is home to a wealth of agricultural, mineral and natural resources. It extends from near Kynuna in the north to the South Australian border in the south, and from the Drummond Range east of Alpha to the Northern Territory border in the west. The region is home to around 0.21% of Queensland’s total population. The region manages 4,378km of state-controlled roads and 693km of the National Land Transport Network

Regional facts

Central West district map 
Central West district QLD 
Area covered


Population of Queensland


Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles (retrieved 16 May 2019)



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


Driver reviver locations

Data source: *Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2019
Data source: **A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 2019


  • Commenced the $2 million1 widening and sealing of 6.1km of the Barcaldine-Aramac Road.
  • Completed the $12.5 million widening of 11km to the Landsborough Highway, between Blackall and Barcaldine.
  • Completed the $3 million paving and sealing various sections of Blackall-Jericho Road.
  • Completed the $8.7 million2 paving and sealing of various sections of the Clermont-Alpha Road.
  • Completed the $2 million paving and sealing of 6.2km section of the Jundah–Quilpie Road.
  • Completed 2 sections of the $5.6 million3 paving and sealing of Boulia-Tobermorey Road (Donohue Highway) west of Boulia.

Barcaldine-Aramac Road Upgrade Widening

Construction commenced on the $2.1 million Barcaldine–Aramac Road widening and sealing upgrades aimed at improving road safety on a vital access road in the Central West.

The 6.5km of upgrades, about 17km south of Aramac, will deliver safer overtaking and passing opportunities for cars, road trains and caravans that frequent the road. It will also increase network reliability by reducing the time the road is closed and/or inaccessible to motorists.

Works began in February 2019 with construction expected to be completed late-2019.

Central West Principal Cycle Network

The department is accelerating delivery of the Principal Cycle Network across the state as a part of the Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017–2027.

In 2018, TMR developed a plan for the bicycle network in Central West Queensland and the Central West Network Maps are now available online following endorsement by Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Blackall-Tambo and Boulia Councils.

There are now more than 10,400km of Principal Cycle Network identified throughout Queensland covering more than 99% of the state’s population.

For more information: Principal Cycle Network Plans

Western Roads Upgrade Supplement

Accessing key services and businesses is becoming easier for several rural communities with $5 million invested to seal regionally-significant roads. This commitment helps improve road safety and travel times while also ensuring more resilient links between towns.

In July 2018, the Queensland Government committed to pave and seal more than 8km of the Blackall—Jericho Road and to pave and seal more than 6km of Jundah–Quilpie Road. These projects have reduced unsealed sections on both roads, enhancing the liveability of smaller communities and the movements of tourists, road trains and freight.

Construction commenced on both projects in November 2018 with completion achieved in June 2019.

Trucks and machinery laying surfacing on a road

Works underway on Blackall-Jericho Road as part of the Western Roads Upgrade Supplement.

Prickly Acacia Eradication

Prickly Acacia (Vachellia nilotica) is a thorny shrub or small tree listed as a restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014. It encourages erosion, threatens biodiversity, decreases pastures, and forms dense, thorny thickets that interfere with stock movement. Prickly acacia is already widespread in Queensland and has the potential to grow in most areas of the state.

The successful implementation of a program to eradicate Prickly Acacia from State-Controlled Road Reserve in TMR’s Central West District has generated a high level of interest among adjacent landholders.

The program involved a number of landholders who participated in developing pest management plans with local natural resource management group, Desert Channels Queensland, and undertaking Prickly Acacia eradication on their properties. This has resulted in wide buffers adjacent to road reserves, and in some areas, continuous parcels of land eradicated of Prickly Acacia.

As the program continues tackling infestations along the road reserves, it is hopeful that more landholders will undertake eradication works alongside the department.

Lloyd Jones Weir Upgrade

The Lloyd Jones Weir on the Alice River, just south of Barcaldine is a very popular spot for camping and fishing for the locals and many travelling caravaners, and is managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME).

Having previously delivered works for DNRME via a partnership or memorandum of understanding, TMR’s Central Queensland crew undertook an engineering review of the proposed design and were able to have significant changes made that reduced the quantity of concrete, made construction easier and overall the costs and construction duration were reduced—while still maintaining the design requirements.

Management of the site, with a major focus on caravanners travelling in the west, was achieved by collaboration with Barcaldine Regional Council, local accommodation providers and DNRME.

The works were completed as a partnership with DNRME with joint decisions on all aspects of the project delivery. Overall the project constructed more than originally proposed for less cost and within the delivery timeframes.

Aerial view of crane and excavator

Aerial photo of the works to reinforce the Lloyd Jones Weir, south of Barcaldine.

Landsborough Highway, Barcaldine South Upgrade

The $12.5 million Landsborough Highway, Barcaldine South Upgrade project aimed at improving freight efficiency and safety on this principal north-south route servicing Western Queensland was completed in September 2018.

As part of the project around 11km of the highway between Blackall and Barcaldine was widened, drainage structures were upgraded to improve flood immunity, street lights were fitted to enhance visibility and an intersection was upgraded.

The project commenced in March 2017 and was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Machinery on unsurfaced road

Works underway on the Landsborough Highway outside Barcaldine as part of the Barcaldine South Upgrade.

Clermont–Alpha Road Pave and Seal Project

Work is underway to upgrade a strategic route supporting the economic development of the beef industry, Clermont– Alpha Road. To improve the safety and strengthen links to agricultural markets, $8.7 million has been committed to the upgrade.

In March 2018, works began to seal around 17km of the regional road. The project is being delivered in 3 packages with the first package completed in August 2018. Construction commenced on package 2 in September 2018 and package 3 in March 2019.

Remaining activities are progressing on schedule with project completion expected mid-2019.

Funded under the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program, this project is 1 of many providing targeted upgrades to key roads needed to improve the productivity and resilience of cattle supply chains in northern Australia, reducing vehicle operating and maintenance costs, and seasonal road closures. This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Outback Way Sealing Project

Improving road safety, connectivity and reliability was the focus of a $5.6 million Donohue Highway upgrade to progressively seal around 18km of road between Boulia and Tobermorey.

Construction commenced in March 2018 and as part of these works, floodways were sealed to increase flood immunity.

The project has improved network safety and reliability, reducing costs for freight operators and enhanced economic opportunities for Queensland’s cattle, mining and tourism industries.

The Donohue Highway forms part of the Outback Way, an approximate 2800km route between Winton in Queensland and Laverton in Western Australia.

The project was completed in May 2019 and was jointly funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Boulia Shire Council.

Future priorities

  • Commence pavement widening and rehabilitation of sections of Kennedy Developmental Road between Winton and Boulia.
  • Complete the $25 million5 road widening and strengthening on Landsborough Highway between Dingo Creek and Darr River.
  • Commence the $1.5 million Top Limestone Creek Floodway upgrade on Diamantina Developmental Road between Boulia and Dajarra.
  • Commence the $1.8 million1 paving and sealing of almost 4km of the Eyre Developmental Road between Bedourie and Birdsville.
  • Commence construction on the replacement of the sunken pontoon at Birdsville.
  • Continue the $2.1 million1 pavement widening and rehabilitation of various sections of the Barcaldine-Aramac Road.


  • 1 Funded through the Queensland Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.
  • 2 Part of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Beef Roads Program, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.
  • 3 Part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the Outback Way, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Local Government Authorities.
  • 4 Jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.
  • 5 Part of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Roads Program, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.