A $40m boost for our Out­back roads

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

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.”

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