Natural Disaster Program

The department is working on more than 700 projects to restore roads across Queensland damaged by floods and bushfires. The department is also reconnecting communities and supporting regional economic recovery after disaster events damaged the state-controlled road network in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Key features

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


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

About the program

  • The Natural Disaster Program reconnects Queenslanders by repairing parts of the state-controlled road network damaged by natural disasters.
  • The department restores damaged sites to their pre-disaster level of service.
  • In the first 3 months after disaster events, the department undertakes emergency works such as clearing debris and filling potholes. This enables roads to be used safely while the department completes geotechnical and environmental investigations, surveys and detailed design for reconstruction works, where required.
  • Reconstruction works are completed within 2 financial years after the financial year in which the disaster event occurred.
  • Where possible, the program also supports the resilience of state roads to future disasters.

Current status

  • Damage assessments and repairs are underway after flooding across northern and central Queensland in early 2023.
  • A substantial recovery program is underway, particularly across southern Queensland, after major disaster events caused extensive damage in 2021–22.
  • The program will repair significant state road damage across 41 local government areas, including numerous major landslips, widespread pavement damage and shoulder scouring and widespread scouring around culverts and bridges. Gold Coast–Springbrook Road will be closed until early 2024 to repair a major landslip at the one-way section.
  • Following heavy rainfall in the Gold Coast hinterland in late 2021, repairs have been completed at a significant landslip on Lamington National Park Road. Repairs are continuing on other sites along the road. 
  • Repairs are underway in the Gold Coast hinterland following heavy rainfall and flooding in December 2020 and March 2021. Tamborine Mountain Road reopened in August 2022 after major landslip repairs.
  • Reconstruction works are underway on the Cunningham Highway where bushfires caused significant slope damage at Cunninghams Gap in late 2019. Due to the severe damage and complex site, repairs will continue until mid-2025.

Assistance will be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

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8 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

The department is committed to restoring and repairing the damaged section of the Cunningham Highway at Cunninghams Gap. This 2km stretch, leading up to the Alan Cunningham monument, suffered significant road damage during the bushfires in 2019.

Flood resilience works

The department is improving the flood immunity and resilience of the state-controlled road network at 27 priority sites.

Aerial view of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road major slip site

Gold Coast-Springbrook Road, Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements reconstruction works

Significant damage to Gold Coast-Springbrook Road has been caused by landslips, rock falls and tree falls during extreme rainfall and flooding events from 22 February to 20 May 2022.

Aerial photograph of a major landslip on Lamington National Park Road

Lamington National Park Road, Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements reconstruction works

The department is working on multiple locations along Lamington National Park Road which require pavement rehabilitation and permanent reconstruction work following record rainfall across south east Queensland since December 2020.

An unpaved road between a mountain and bollards

South Coast 2020–21 flood reconstruction works

Reconstruction works are underway across the South East Region, including the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim, to repair storm damaged roads.

Landslip on Gold Coast - Springbrook Road

Southern Queensland 2022 flood reconstruction works

Repairs are underway across southern Queensland after extensive and severe damage to the state-controlled road network was caused by multiple heavy rainfall and flooding events in 2022.

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 has repaired this severely damaged area along the road, known locally as the Goat Track.