Fund: Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund
Category: Road and Transport Infrastructure
The tens of thousands of motorists travelling each year to the world-renowned Carnarvon Gorge will no longer face the risk of punctured tyres, damaged suspensions and cracked windscreens when the last 15km of the access road is sealed.
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 works program).
Improving the road’s drainage, alignment, capacity and signage will support and grow the 65,000-visitors-a-year tourism industry.
By upgrading the only access to the gorge, businesses such as the Takarakka Bush Resort and livestock producers will have improved business confidence and opportunities.
Safety will be improved for the more than 100 vehicles that use the road on average each day, with reduced risk of punctures, damage to springs/suspension and cracked windscreens.
Improved flood resilience will reduce the time the road is cut and local residents isolated by floodwaters.
The project meets community needs and follows on from a 638-signature petition to council from local residents, visitors and regional groups calling for Carnarvon Gorge Road to be fully sealed.
This upgrade will reduce erosion, dust and noise, and enable more visitors to safely access the wealth of cultural and natural heritage on offer.
15km of resurfacing and upgrades to width, alignment and pavement capacity to provide a consistent all-weather surface.