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    2018 - 07.06

    SEVEN remote Western Queensland councils have reaped the rewards of their collaborative hard work with the upgrade of the Donahue Highway.
    Nanjing Night Net

    A section of the road ready for upgrade.

    The highway is a vital link for the town of Boulia and forms part of the Outback Highway, which runs 2800 kilometres across central Australia.

    The development of the highway comes after Barcaldine Regional Council, Barcoo Shire Council, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council, Diamantina Shire Council, Longreach Regional Council and Winton Shire Council joined forces to form the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) are coming to fruition.

    The group lobbied intensely to state and federal governments with $23.5 million allocated across the seven councils along with a local government contribution of $500,000 per council in the hope of securing work for the council’s workforce into the future.

    In the true sense of putting important projects, which would benefit the region, ahead of individual councils wants – the group allocated Boulia Shire Council $8 million over a three-year period to upgrade the Donohue Highway.

    The funding enabled a scope of works to pave and seal to improve the road condition, decrease travel time and improve network accessibility.

    Works started in July last year and have been ongoing throughout this financial year.

    Stage 1 consists of sealing 10.5 kilometres from the end of the bitumen to the bitumen at the Telstra tower. When Stage 1 is complete, there will be 46 kilometres of continuous bitumen from the Boulia-Dajarra road, resulting in a continuous sealed road to the Badalia and Wirrilyerna station turnoffs.

    The Boulia Shire Council is undertaking these works and are on schedule to complete Stage 1 on time and on budget.

    The sections being completed are getting progressively sealed as the works advance, to mitigate any damage from storms or flooding.

    To date 80 per cent of stage 1 has been sealed with the final 2 kilometres scheduled to be sealed in April. Stage 2 and 3 will be constructed in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and the works will consist of extending the bitumen further to the west.

    Depending on how the works progress it is hoped that the bitumen can be extended to provide 80 kilometres of continuous bitumen from the Boulia – Dajarra road.

    The Donohue Highway along its entire length forms part of the Outback Highway, which runs 2800 kilometres through central Australia. Boulia is linked to Alice Springs via the Donohue Highway.

    This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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