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Wide Bay Burnett region

Wide Bay Burnett covers an area of 48,503km and encompasses the local government areas of Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North Burnett and South Burnett. The region is home to around 5.92% of Queensland’s total population. Home to a range of established industries including primary production of sugar cane, small crops, beef, dairy and timber and mining, tourism and fishing. It is renowned for its diverse landscapes, from coastal plans to rural hinterland, and is home to an abundance of significant natural and built attractions. The region manages 2,971km of state-controlled roads and 272km of the National Land Transport Network.

Regional facts

Wide Bay Burnett district map 
Wide Bay Burnett district Qld 
Area covered

48,503km2

Population of Queensland

5.92%

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

2,971km

State-controlled roads**

272km

National Land Transport Network**

387,052

Vehicle and machinery registrations

64

Boating infrastructures

48

Community safety events held

5,771

Vehicle safety inspections completed

295

Bridges*

7,166

Drivers licence tests conducted

270,424

Customer face-to-face interaction

120

Priority enabled intersection

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

Highlights

  • Continued significant rehabilitation works on the heritage listed Burnett Traffic Bridge in Bundaberg.
  • Completed funding feasibility study for the Bundaberg to Gin Gin rail trail.
  • Completed construction of the Gympie Road and Iindah Road intersection upgrade at Tinana, which forms part of the $38 million1 Bruce Highway (Tinana Interchange) upgrade.
  • Completed the $2.2 million 3-lane boat ramp and floating walkway at Bullock Point.
  • Completed the upgrade of the $1.4 million Maryborough–Biggenden Road and Yerra Road intersection in August 2018. The intersection was relocated away from the crest to improve visibility. Dedicated right and left-turn lanes were also constructed to separate through and turning traffic. The upgrade has improved access for heavy vehicle operators.
  • Completed the $2.1 million1 widening of Oakes Drive and Raintree Avenue.
  • Executed new seven-year bus contracts with delivery partners in Bundaberg.

Replacement of Maryborough’s March Street jetty

The department commenced piling work and demolition on Maryborough’s $1.5 million March Street jetty in January 2018.

A new floating pontoon is proposed to replace the existing March Street Jetty and adjacent gangway, which were damaged during the floods in 2013. Practical completion is scheduled for 30 August 2019. It is intended that the proposed facility will be predominantly used by recreational vessels to assist with loading and disembarkation of passengers, tying up tender dinghies and some limited commercial uses may also be permitted, subject to approval.

The project is being funded by the department’s Marine Infrastructure Capital and Maintenance Investment Program, through the collection of recreational vessel registration fees.

Construction worker on under-construction jetty

Construction commenced on the March Street jetty in Maryborough.

Cooroy to Curra – Section D

Pre-construction work on the $1 billion Cooroy to Curra – Section D (C2CD) project started in late-2018, with a contract awarded in December to remove all structures from the future highway corridor. Work to relocate services such as power and telecommunications began in March 2019, with Queensland Rail relocating services within their corridor to accommodate future C2CD bridge construction.

C2CD is 26km of 4-lane divided highway on a new alignment (east of Gympie), between Woondum and Curra. Interchanges at Penny Road, Gympie Connection Road and Curra will provide motorists with convenient connections to regional destinations such as Gympie city and the Cooloola Coast. This high priority project is the final link in the 62km Cooroy to Curra upgrade and will make the Bruce Highway safer, faster and more reliable with increased flood immunity.

C2CD is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($800 million) and the Queensland Government ($200 million).

Pialba–Burrum Heads Road intersection improvements

In October 2018, TMR completed the $26 million upgrade of the Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, Scrub Hill Road and Wide Bay Drive intersection at Eli Waters near Hervey Bay.

It involved realigning Wide Bay Drive to the east to create a crossroad intersection with Scrub Hill Road, installing traffic signals and providing additional lanes for improved efficiency.

The intersection services Xavier Catholic College located on Wide Bay Drive to the north and Yarrilee State School located on Scrub Hill Road to the south. Previously, Pialba– Burrum Heads Road would become heavily congested at the intersection during peak morning and afternoon times. The traffic signals now allow gaps in through traffic for side road motorists to enter onto the main road. Pedestrian and bike rider safety has also been improved for students with signalised crossings installed on each leg of the intersection and dedicated cycle lanes.

Initial feedback from the community is positive with reports of improved intersection performance and road users feeling safer since traffic signal installation.

The project was funded by the Royalties for the Region Program.

Lochaber Creek Bridge upgrade

The Lochaber Creek Bridge is a 78-year-old timber bridge on the Burnett Highway, south of Eidsvold. The existing bridge has narrow traffic lanes and requires regular maintenance to keep it in a safe, and trafficable condition.

Construction is well underway to replace the current timber bridge with a stronger and wider concrete structure. The new bridge will be safer and better suited to the vehicle types and volumes currently using it and will reduce the need for ongoing maintenance. The Malmoe Road intersection, just north of Lochaber Creek Bridge, will also be upgraded as part of the bridge replacement project.

The new bridge is expected to be available for use in late-2019, construction and weather conditions permitting.

The $9.8 million project is jointly funded under round 3 of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program, with a 50:50 arrangement with the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Traveston Commercial Roadside Facility Development

In September 2018, the department signed an agreement with a proponent to develop a Commercial Roadside Facility and Driver Rest Area at the Traveston Road Interchange (Bruce Highway) at Traveston.

The agreement was the result of a competitive tender process to engage the private sector to design and develop a 24-hour roadside facility complete with fuel, food outlets, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, public amenities and light and heavy vehicle driver rest facilities, at no cost to TMR.

The facility will help address fatigue management along the highway and contribute to the implementation of the Queensland Government’s Electric Vehicle Superhighway. The development aligns with the government’s Advancing our Cities and Regions Strategy, which focuses on using state property to deliver better community outcomes, create jobs and drive economic growth.

Plans have now been lodged with Gympie Regional Council for assessment. TMR will provide a long-term lease of the land to the proponent, who is responsible for all planning, design, funding, development, operation and maintenance activities associated with the facility for the duration of the lease.

Case study

Yabba Creek No 4 Timber Bridge Repairs

A routine inspection at Yabba Creek No 4 identified urgent repair works were needed to replace the ‘stress laminated’ Oregon softwood timber bridge decking which had started to shrink and lose tension. Yabba Creek Road is 6.5km west of Imbil. 

The Wide Bay Burnett crew effectively dealt with a range of challenges to successfully deliver this project. Not only did the creek need to comply with waterway barrier permit conditions, including a strict 180-day commitment to complete the works between April and October 2018. Yabba Creek is also home to a thriving ecosystem, including platypus, Krefft’s River Turtle, freshwater prawns, Pacific blue-eye fish and freshwater catfish. 

To meet strict environmental constraints and minimise creek disturbance, the department applied innovative strategies to complete the project while preserving the natural environment and delivering cost savings.

As an example, old steel liners replaced reinforced concrete pipes which helped minimise project time and creek disturbance.

Innovative rock filled removable bags were also used to infill around pipes to improve downstream protection and security during flooding. Additionally, a large slewing crane was used to remove the original deck and temporary pier group to further protect the creek.

These solutions helped protect the Yabba Creek environment and deliver project savings by reducing time to complete the works. The Yabba Creek No 4 reconstruction project was completed in August 2018 with a project value of $1.4 million.

Crews removing timber

Removing the old timber bridge deck on Yabba Creek No 4.

For more information: Commercial roadside facilities

Future priorities

  • Continue planning for an upgrade of $1.5 million Bundaberg-Port Road.
  • Commence the development of a Bundaberg Integrated Transport Strategy to identify the strategic needs for Bundaberg's transport system.
  • Commence construction of the $170,000 Burrum Heads pontoon repair and relocation.
  • Continue to plan for upgrades of the state-controlled road network to support extractive and agriculture industries in the North Burnett region.
  • Complete investigations for the $107 million1,3, Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade.
  • Complete the design for the jointly-funded $103 million2 Saltwater Creek Upgrade section of the Bruce Highway north of Maryborough, to improve flood immunity and road safety.
  • Complete construction of a $2.1 million3 3.71km upgrade of the Bruce Highway at Chatsworth, north of Gympie.
  • Upgrade $6.3 million4 Bundaberg–Gin Gin Road to reduce roadside hazards and install guardrails, audio tactile line marking and pedestrian facilities, upgrading intersections and improving signage.

References

  • 1 Funded through the Queensland Government’s Safer Roads Sooner Program, as part of the Targeted Road Safety Program..
  • 2 This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.
  • 3 Fully funded under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.
  • 4 Funded through the Queensland Government’s High Risk Roads Initiative, as part of the Targeted Road Safety Program.