Natural Disaster Program

The department is working on more than 350 projects to restore roads across Queensland damaged by floods and bushfires.

TMR is reconnecting communities and supporting regional economic recovery after disaster events damaged the state-controlled road network in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Key features

  • Restoring damaged roads and road surfaces.
  • Repairing damaged structures, including bridges and culverts.
  • Repairing damaged slopes and batters along roads.
  • Clearing silt and debris.

Benefits

  • Restores damaged infrastructure
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Current status

  • Significant repairs are required in the Gold Coast hinterland following heavy rainfall in December 2020 and subsequent flooding in the same region in March 2021.
  • Works are underway to repair a significant landslip on Tamborine Mountain Road, as well as other damaged roads across the region.
  • Damage assessments and repairs are also underway following flooding in north, north west, south and south west Queensland in early 2021.
  • Following flooding in early 2020, we are assessing road damage to determine where more repairs are required.
  • Repairs are in progress after numerous severe bushfires burned across eastern and southern Queensland in late 2019.
  • Geotechnical consultants have completed detailed investigations of bushfire-impacted areas at Cunninghams Gap, with design works underway to repair significant slope damage. 
  • Works to repair severely damaged slopes along Binna Burra Road were completed in mid-November 2020.
  • The majority of reconstruction work following significant flooding caused by the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough in early 2019 has been completed. 
  • As well as repairs, we are improving the flood immunity and resilience of the state-controlled road network through the 2019 Betterment Program. Projects at 9 of 10 key sites are now complete.

Funding

Eligible reconstruction works are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

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Images

Aerial view of Alice River Bridge (completed) Alice River Bridge—completed works A machine spraying concrete to stabilise a slope at Mount Spec Road Mount Spec Road—spraying concrete to stabilise slope

Culvert repairs being carried out on Flinders Highway (Hughenden to Richmond)

Flinders Highway (Hughenden to Richmond)—culvert repairs

Pavement restoration Landsborough Highway (Winton to Kynuna)
Landsborough Highway (Winton to Kynuna)—pavement restoration

A construction vehicle performing in situ stabilisation works on Burke Developmental Road (Cloncurry to Normanton)

Burke Developmental Road (Cloncurry to Normanton)—in situ stabilisation works

Floodway repairs being carried out at Gladstone–Monto Road
Gladstone–Monto Road—floodway repairs

5 Projects in Natural Disaster Program

Binna Burra Road progress May 2020

Binna Burra Road reconstruction works

Following extensive damage from the Southern Queensland Bushfires on Binna Burra Road in September 2019, we have been working to repair this severely damaged area along Binna Burra Road.

Aerial image of Cunningham Highway at Cunninghams Gap

Cunningham Highway (Ipswich – Warwick), 2020 Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements reconstruction works

Following extensive damage from the Southern Queensland bushfires at Cunninghams Gap in November and December 2019, TMR is working to restore pre-bushfire functionality to the Cunningham Highway at Cunninghams Gap.

A truck performing sealing works on Flinders Highway (Hughenden–Richmond)

Flood resilience works

TMR is improving the flood immunity and resilience of the state-controlled road network at 10 key sites.

An unpaved road between a mountain and bollards

South Coast 2020–21 flood reconstruction works

The department has started reconstruction works across the South Coast Region, including City of Gold Coast and Scenic Rim areas, to repair extensive damage from the South East Queensland Coastal Trough in December 2020 and the Southern Queensland Severe Weather event in March 2021.

A damaged rock outcrop above the road

Tamborine Mountain Road, 2021 Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements reconstruction works

Following extensive damage from the South East Queensland Coastal Trough on Tamborine Mountain Road in December 2020, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has been working to repair this severely damaged area along the road known locally as the Goat Track.