A $40m boost for our Outback roads
ONE OF Queensland’s most remote roads has had a major safety upgrade, with locals and tourists alike set to benefit.
The Queensland Government has just completed $5 million worth of works on the Diamantina Developmental Rd between Bedourie and Boulia in far south-west Queensland, which paved and sealed the final 8km of the 190km link.
The state-funded upgrade is part of the $40 million Western Roads Upgrade Program, which was developed to help stabilise the economies of western Queensland communities by providing a sustainable pipeline of investment for local government workforces.
Acting Roads Minister Steven Miles said in such a far-flung part of the state, works like these meant a lot to local communities.
“Paving and sealing this vital road link means motorists now have a safer drive between two iconic western Queensland towns,” he said.
“Tourists also use that route to visit Birdsville and Munga-Thirri National Park with its famous red sand dunes.”