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Fitzroy region

The Fitzroy District covers an area of 117,588km2, or around 6.8% of Queensland. It extends from north of Capella to south of Taroom, and from Gladstone in the east, to west of Emerald. The region is home to around 4.5% of Queensland’s total population. The coastal regions of Fitzroy are the gateway to the southern Great Barrier Reef and boast rainforests, beaches, and the economic and industry hubs of Gladstone and Rockhampton. The region looks after 3530km of state-controlled roads and 366km of the National Land Transport network.

Regional facts

Fitzroy district map 
Fitzroy district Qld 
Area covered

117,588km2

Population of Queensland

4.5%

Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles www.qgso.qld.gov.au (retrieved 16 May 2019)

3,530km

State-controlled roads**

366km

National Land Transport Network**

275,069

Vehicle and machinery inspections

57

Boating infrastructures

7

Community safety events held

10,638

Vehicle safety inspections completed

309

Bridges*

6,173

Drivers licence tests conducted

182,867

Customer face-to-face interaction

109

Priority enabled intersection

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

Highlights

  • Awarded design and construction contract for the $75 millionCapricorn Highway Duplication, between Rockhampton and Gracemere.
  • Commenced construction on the $20.4 million2 Gladstone–Benaraby Road widening project.
  • Commenced construction on the $121 million3 Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and the $36 million3 Terranova Drive intersection upgrade on the Bruce Highway, north of Rockhampton.
  • Completed the $20.1 million4 Bruce Highway Upgrade Program project to upgrade intersections and widen sections of the Bruce Highway, between Bajool and Rockhampton.
  • Completed the $1.4 million4 realignment of the Fitzroy Developmental Road at Palm Tree Creek, north of Taroom.
  • Completed the $800,000 project to install 8 Township Entry Treatments on the Bruce Highway in Central Queensland.

Valentine Creek Bridge renewal

Construction is underway to replace the last remaining timber bridge on the Capricorn Highway, between Rockhampton and Westwood.

Site construction commenced in May 2019 on the $8.3 million Valentine Creek Bridge project, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Originally built in 1951, the existing timber bridge will be replaced with a new concrete structure, removing weight limitations currently in place for heavy vehicles and improving freight connectivity across Central Queensland.

It is a vital piece of work to improve road safety and transport efficiency as the Capricorn Highway provides a key link in the region’s transport infrastructure and is Central Queensland’s principal east-west freight corridor and part of Australia’s National Key Freight Route Network. A side-track has been put in place temporarily to accommodate traffic flow during the bridge replacement works. The new bridge is expected to be completed by December 2019.

Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Terranova Drive Intersection Project

Construction of the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Terranova Drive Intersection Project began in December 2018. Road safety and capacity issues on this section of the Bruce Highway (north of the Rockhampton CBD) were first identified in the 2012 Bruce Highway Action Plan. This included opportunities to improve access and road safety for the industrial, commercial and residential developments in the vicinity of Parkhurst and for all motorists using the highway.

These issues were among the reasons for the Australian and Queensland Governments jointly funding the $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and the $36 million Bruce Highway and Terranova Drive Intersection Project.

The combined $157 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Terranova Drive Intersection Project will include:

  • construction of 2 new Bruce Highway lanes and reconstruction of existing lanes between Rockhampton– Yeppoon Road and Terranova Drive
  • replacement of existing bridge structures crossing Limestone Creek and Ramsay Creek with new bridge structures
  • upgrade of intersections at Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road, Boundary Road (South), Boundary Road (North), Olive Street, Stirling Drive and Terranova Drive
  • realignment of Boundary Road (South) connecting it to the Parkhurst Industrial Area
  • construction of service roads to access industrial and commercial land west of the Bruce Highway
  • relocation of public utilities and services into a single services corridor (where possible).

Site construction for the 2 Bruce Highway projects north of Rockhampton are expected to be completed and open to traffic by mid-2020.

Aerial view road intersection with cars

The Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade focuses on addressing safety and capacity issues identified on the Bruce Highway approximately 7 kilometres north of the centre of Rockhampton.

Yeppoon branch line

In 2018–19, construction was underway to revitalise the $4.1 million Yeppoon Branch Line.

The project involves upgrading 1.9km of track, including replacing sleepers, replacing 2 timber bridges with modern concrete culverts and extending the length of the siding.

This upgrade will enable cattle producers in North West and Central West Queensland to transport livestock by rail directly to the abattoir in Rockhampton.

Revitalising the rail line will help strengthen Rockhampton’s beef industry by increasing opportunities for regional producers to transport livestock by rail.

Queensland Rail is undertaking the works, with completion expected in late 2019.

Engineering Aspirations Program

Budding Rockhampton engineers were given an opportunity to see the varied types of career options at TMR as part of a work experience event in 2018.

As part of a 3-day joint initiative between Emmaus College, TMR and Central Queensland University, 18 students were able to actively participate in road construction activities including soil classification testing, surveying, design, concrete mix design and flexural beam testing.

The mentoring opportunities were led by TMR surveyors, materials officers, cadet technologists, designers and engineers.

Gladstone oil spill response practice

In May 2019, 15 people from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Department of Environment and Science, Livingstone Shire Council and the Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited attended an Oil Spill Response Basic Equipment Operators course in Gladstone. The competency-based course included theory and practical instruction in the operation of specialised oil spill response equipment located in Gladstone and owned by Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) and the Port of Gladstone. The 2-day course provided participants with the skills to safely and effectively contain and recover oil that may be spilled within the port. The course was part of a wider MSQ training program designed to maintain and build upon Queensland’s oil spill response capability in Queensland waters, the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait.

Rockhampton Ring Road planning and preservation

The planning and preservation phase of the $65 million Rockhampton Ring Road Project is underway.

A key road infrastructure recommendation from the Fitzroy River Floodplain and Road Planning Study, the Rockhampton Ring Road will provide a western link of the Bruce Highway, west of Rockhampton, with key linkages into the city at the Capricorn Highway, Ridgelands Road, Alexandra Street and Yaamba Road (Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road).

The planning and preservation phase is progressing study recommendations by protecting the future state-controlled road corridor and future railway land, as well as delivering recommended option/s and the business case to support construction.

Gazettal of the future road and rail corridor was published in February 2019, to enable the Queensland Government to place conditions on proposed developments and protect the identified land for future road and rail construction.

When constructed, the Rockhampton Ring Road will integrate with major infrastructure already completed, including Yeppoon North and Yeppoon South, as well as the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Capricorn Highway Duplication (Rockhampton – Gracemere).

The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Gladstone–Benaraby Road High Risk Roads Safety Project

Road safety along the Gladstone–Benaraby Road will be improved with the Queensland Government investing $20.4 million through the High Risk Roads initiative, under the Targeted Road Safety Program.

The Gladstone–Benaraby Road traverses urban, industrial and rural areas, and provides an important local connection for commuter, industrial and recreational traffic to and from Gladstone.

The project will deliver 14km of wide centre line treatment on Gladstone–Benaraby Road, remove safety hazards from within the road corridor to improve visibility and sight distance, and realign the Rifle Range Road intersection.

The widening works are being delivered in 2 stages. Stage 1, between the Bruce Highway and Boyne Island Roundabout, is currently in construction. Stage 2, between Boyne Island Roundabout and Dalrymple Drive, is expected to be completed by December 2020.

The High Risk Roads initiative is a state-funded initiative under the Targeted Road Safety Program to address key safety concerns on the state-controlled road network identified for the whole of a road segment or route, instead of at individual discrete locations as is the focus of the Safer Roads Sooner and Black Spot programs.

Improving township entry treatment safety

In 2018–19, $800,000 funded by the Australian Government, was spent to improve the safety at the entry point to 8 Central Queensland highway communities in 2018–19.

The Township Entry Treatments for Marlborough, Yaamba, The Caves, Marmor, Mount Larcom, Benaraby, Bororen and Miriam Vale included providing physical measures at the transition from a high-speed to a lower speed environment that coincides with entering a township, such as signage and pavement marking.

These treatments, used in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and have contributed to a reduction to vehicle speeds and vehicle crash rates by enhancing drivers’ awareness to the changing environments.

Robert Clark Drive new boat ramp

Works on the new $4.8 million 4-lane boat ramp at Robert Clark Drive, North Rockhampton was completed in August 2018. The new public recreational boating facility boasts a new 4-lane boat ramp featuring a 60m long floating walkway, 50 car-trailer parks, a boat wash down area, adjacent walkways, an area for single car parks, as well as a fishing platform onsite.

During construction of the boat ramp, there were a few hurdles to overcome after encountering a thick layer of soft mud along the river bank. This needed to be excavated and stabilised with rocks before construction could continue. Specialised treatment was required before placement of the ramp foundation material and construction of the boat ramp could proceed.

The new facility is a welcome addition for local recreational anglers and will be another boost to Rockhampton’s growing fishing and tourism industry. Funding for the in-water components was provided by the department’s Marine Infrastructure Fund.

A ute backing a boat into the water on 4-lane boat ramp

The new four-lane boat ramp at Robert Clark Drive in North Rockhampton.

Stanage Bay boat ramp upgrade

The Stanage Bay boat ramp upgrade construction began in April 2019, following the contract award in February 2019.

This boat ramp is vital to the community and will provide an economic boost during construction and upon completion. To maintain access to the Stanage Bay boat ramp during construction, contractors will work on 1 side of the boat ramp leaving the other side open for community use. A traffic management plan is in place to ensure this operation runs smoothly and safely for all involved.

The $3.1 million in state government funding was committed following approval by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for the upgrade works in November 2018. The Queensland Government is committed to upgrading boating facilities along the Capricorn Coast with funding provided for this project from the Marine Infrastructure Fund.

Boat ramp construction with machinery

Crew commencing constructions works for the breakwater on the Stanage Bay boat ramp.

Future priorities

  • Construction of Stage 2 of the $30 million5 Emu ParkRoad – Type 1 Road Train Access to Rockhampton Abattoirs project.
  • Complete the $100 million planning for Stage 2 of the Gladstone Port Access Road Extension.
  • Construction of the $20 million6 Philip Street widening project in Gladstone, between the Dawson Highway and Glenlyon Road.
  • Construction of $19 million7 6 overtaking lanes on the Capricorn Highway, between Rockhampton and Emerald, funded through the National Partnership Agreement.
  • Complete construction of a $3.1 million new 2-lane boat ramp, floating walkway and breakwater groyne at Stanage Bay, north of the Capricorn Coast.

References

  • 1 Part of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Roads Program jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.
  • 2 Funded through the Queensland Government’s High Risk Roads Program, as part of the Targeted Road Safety Program.
  • 3 Jointly funded through the Australian Government and Queensland Government.
  • 4 Reflects Life to Date expenditure for project.
  • 5 Part of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Beef Roads Program, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. The Queensland Government contribution is funded through the Priority Economic Works and Productivity Program, as part of the State Infrastructure Fund.
  • 6 Funded by the Australian Government.
  • 7 This project includes Australian Government funding of $15.2 million.