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South West region

The South West District covers an area of 319,259km2, or around 18.4% of Queensland. It extends from north of Augathella to the New South Wales border in the south, and from east of Jackson to the South Australian border in the west. The region is home to around 0.48% of Queensland’s total population. The region is recognised for accommodating Australia’s largest cattle sale centre in Roma. The closest section of outback Queensland to Brisbane, the South West is home to red sands that give way to thriving wetlands and national parks, as well as wedge-tailed eagles and boulder opals. The region looks after 3,949km of state-controlled roads and 418km of the National Land Transport network.

Regional facts

South West district map 
South West district Qld 
Area covered

319,259km2

Population of Queensland

0.48%

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

3,949km

State-controlled roads**

418km

National Land Transport Network**

40,537

Vehicle safety and machinery inspections

9

Boating infrastructures

15

Community safety events held

2,309

Vehicle safety inspections completed

84

Bridges*

720

Drivers licence tests conducted

18,476

Customer face-to-face interaction

5

Township entry treatment

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

Highlights

  • Completed $29.3 million1,2 pavement widening at various locations on the Carnarvon Highway between St George and Surat and between Injune and Rolleston.
  • Completed the $6.7 million3 program of works on various local government and lower order state-controlled roads.
  • Completed the $13.31 million program to reseal 575km of national and state network roads.
  • Commenced $681,0004 work on town entry treatments at various locations on the Warrego Highway between Miles and Roma.
  • Completed $4.9 million5 pavement strengthening and widening on the Warrego Highway at the Carroll Creek crossing between Miles and Roma.

Carnarvon Highway Upgrade Program

The remaining 4 of the 6 sites listed in the Carnarvon Highway Upgrade Program between St George and Surat, and Injune and Rolleston were completed in the 2018–19 financial year.

Works completed between St George and Surat, included strengthening and widening 66km of the highway.

Works completed between Injune and Rolleston included widening 16km of the highway and widening or replacing several culverts.

These upgrades were funded under Round 5 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Additional funding to continue the widening works, under Round 6 of the HVSPP, has been secured for the Carnarvon Highway, between St George and Surat and Injune and Rolleston.

Road surrounded by bushland

Carnarvon Highway Upgrade Program (Injune-Rolleston).

Warrego Highway Upgrade Program - Carroll Creek

The $4.9 million Carroll Creek Culvert Replacement project was opened to traffic in May 2019, as part of the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP).

Construction commenced in November 2018 and included culvert replacement on the Warrego Highway at the Carroll Creek crossing, between Miles and Roma. Other work completed included pavement strengthening and widening works.

The works will reduce maintenance costs, improve road safety for all motorists and productivity for road freight operators and the regional industries they serve.

The project was delivered as part of the overarching WHUP designed to improve road safety between Toowoomba and west of Miles. This work was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Roadworks on road, with digging several metres deep

Roadworks on Warrego Highway at Carroll Creek.

Innamincka Road paving and sealing

Paving and sealing of the $2.9 million Innamincka Road is underway.

This work will help to drive tourism in South West Queensland by linking the Dig Tree Heritage site, Birdsville, Innamincka National Park and the Strzelecki Track.

The works will also improve road safety and connectivity for all motorists.

This work is jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Bulloo Shire Council.

Quilpie-Adavale Road

The Quilpie-Adavale Road upgrade is continuing.

To improve road safety conditions and connectivity for South West towns, priority sections of the Quilpie–Adavale Road are being improved to a sealed standard, linking Diamantina Developmental Road to Hell Hole National Park.

This work is jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Quilpie Shire Council.

2018–19 Reseal Program

As part of the $13.3 million South West Reseal Program, 575km of national and state network roads were resealed.

The reseal program is a vital part of TMR’s ongoing maintenance program for the South West to improve road safety and connectivity between towns in the region.

By resealing roads TMR is helping to preserve the surface and improve reliability of the road network.

Road with trucks performing resurfacing works

Reseal works on Mitchell-St George Road.

South West Town Entry Treatments

Work commenced in May 2019 on $681,000 Town Entry Treatments (TETs) in the South West, as part of TMR’s Targeted Road Safety Program.

To improve road safety for communities along the Warrego Highway between Miles and Roma, TETs are being installed at Drillham, Dulacca, Yuleba and Wallumbilla.

A TET is a speed management treatment that involves the installation of signage and line markings at the entry point into a town, where the speed limit transitions from a high speed rural environment to a lower speed environment.

Empty road with lines surrounded by bushland

Town Entry Treatment at Yuleba, Warrego Highway.

Future priorities

  • Complete construction of a $7.6 million new bridge and approaches over the Moonie River on Noondoo-Thallon Road at Thallon.
  • Continue $4.4 million6 pavement widening on the Carnarvon Highway between St George and Surat.
  • Continue $2.9 million6 pavement widening, including 4 culvert extensions, on the Carnarvon Highway between Injune and Rolleston.
  • Complete $942,000 pavement rehabilitation and stabilisation on the Warrego Highway between Miles and Roma.
  • Commence $2.2 million pavement rehabilitation and stabilisation on the Landsborough Highway between Morven and Augathella.

References

  • 1 Reflects Life to Date expenditure for project.
  • 2 Part of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.
  • 3 In partnership with local councils, under the Roads and Transport Alliance with Local Government Association of Queensland.
  • 4 Funded through the Queensland Government’s Mass Actions Program, as part of the Targeted Road Safety Program.
  • 5 Part of the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.
  • 6 Part of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.