The $5 million worth of works on the Diamantina Developmental Road between Bedourie and Boulia in far the south west are now comp0lete which sees the final 8 kilometres of the 190 kilometre link paved and sealed.
The project has been part of the $40 million Western Roads Upgrade Program (WRUP), which was developed to help stabilize the economies of western Queensland communities by providing a sustainable pipeline of investment for local government workforces.
Diamantina Shire Mayor, Geoff Morton says the project delivered major benefits.
“For the first time, a town in our shire has access to a fully-sealed road network. This is a significant milestone for our communities and visitors alike who will now have better access to vital services.”
“Whether it is mums and dads, tradies or tourists, everyone can now feel safer and more confident on our roads.”
Cr Morton says an all-weather road also boosted economic growth for the broader region.
“Industry can take advantage of being able to more readily transport livestock and freight from northern Queensland to southern areas.”
Boulia Shire Mayor, Rick Britton said the WRUP was supported at the grass-roots level by teams from Boulia Shire Council and RoadTek appointed to undertake the project.
“We are passionate about having better roads and investing in our people. This project enabled us to financially sustain our local workforce way while delivering something of great social value.”