Construction underway on the Donohue Highway Emergency Landing Strip
Council: Boulia Shire Council
Fund: Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund
Category: Road and Transport Infrastructure
Widening and sealing a 2km section of the Donohue Highway between Boulia and the Northern Territory border will enable the Royal Flying Doctor Service to make emergency landings and motorists to safely overtake road trains.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital work program).
It will support jobs, provide a safer road for locals, tourists and commercial operators, improve access to medical assistance, and deliver greater resilience in the wet season when roads can close for more than 60 days and the only access to properties is by helicopter or aeroplane.
The landing strip will enable more cost-effective and timely search-and-rescue or emergency responses to incidents such as vehicle rollovers or station accidents.
Residents on remote properties will have improved access and reduced travel time for essential goods and services.
Access to hospital treatment currently relies on transporting patients to Mount Isa or Alice Springs, with a round trip to Boulia almost 450km by road. The sealed 2km landing strip will enable faster access by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The road upgrade will reduce erosion, dust and noise.
Sealing a 2km gravel section
Widening to 10m
Provision for an emergency landing strip and overtaking lane.
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