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North West

Key facts

307,082km2

Area covered by location1

0.59%

Population of Queensland1

2,551km

Other state-controlled road network

1,024km

National Land Transport Network2

692km

National rail network

Program Highlights

In 2020–21 we completed:

  • replacement of a culvert at Boundary Creek on the Flinders Highway (Richmond – Julia Creek)
  • gravel rehabilitation works on the Burke Developmental Road (Normanton – Dimbulah), jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • replacement of a major culvert on the Wills Developmental Road (Julia Creek – Burketown), as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • progressive sealing of a 3 kilometre section of the Richmond – Winton Road, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • business case and preliminary design for pavement strengthening and widening on the Flinders Highway (Richmond – Julia Creek)
  • replacement of two culverts on Richmond – Winton Road, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response.

In 2021–22 we will: 

  • continue progressive sealing of 48 kilometres of priority sections of the Kennedy Developmental Road (The Lynd – Hughenden), jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government
  • complete safety upgrades on the Barkly Highway (Cloncurry – Mt Isa) as part of the Queensland Government’s High Risk Roads Initiative
  • complete sealing to Phosphate Hill turn-off on the Cloncurry – Dajarra Road and widen existing priority narrow sealed sections, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete widening of 20 kilometres of priority sections to an 8 metre seal on Richmond – Winton Road, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete progressive sealing of the Burke Developmental Road (Normanton – Dimbulah), jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete the upgrade of Prairie Creek crossing on Aramac – Torrens Creek Road, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete progressive sealing of priority sections of the Cloncurry – Dajarra Road, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete sealing of a 27 kilometre section of the Aramac – Torrens Creek Road, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete replacement of Butcher Creek bridge on the Burke Developmental Road (Cloncurry – Normanton) as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete progressive sealing of 6 kilometre section of Gregory Downs – Camooweal Road, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete progressive sealing of two sections totalling 4 kilometres of the Gregory – Downs Camooweal Road, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete pavement strengthening and widening of the floodway at Scrubby Creek on the Flinders Highway (Julia Creek – Cloncurry), jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response.

Future plans

We continue to plan for the future transport requirements of North West.

In 2021–22 key planning includes:

  • complete business case development for pavement strengthening and widening on the Flinders Highway (Richmond – Julia Creek)
  • complete business case development for the replacement of the Burke River floodway on Cloncurry – Dajarra Road
  • complete business case develpoment for the replacement of the Malbon River floodway on Cloncurry – Dajarra Road
  • complete a business case development for a replacement structure near Sedan Dip at the crossing of the Cloncurry River on Wills Developmental Road (Julia Creek – Burketown).

Investments (interactive)

You can view the list of investments for the North West area in the QTRIP PDF or via the QTRIP interactive tool

Map

North West areaImage: Road train travelling to Cloncurry on the newly resealed Barkly Highway, east of Mount Isa.

1 Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles. www.qgso.qld.gov.au, retrieved 23 March 2021

2 The detailed mapping data related to the National Land Transport Network (NLTN) Determination 2020 was not available at the time of publication. National Land Transport Network data and maps included assumed relevant state-controlled roads as at 1 July 2020. NLTN rail data and maps are as at 30 June 2020.

Reflects QTRIP 2021-22 to 2024-25 (as at 15 June 2021).