During 2021/22 the Western Downs experienced an unprecedented period of frequent high rainfall and multiple flood events across the region. Whilst this much-needed rainfall has provided great moisture profiles in the soil for cropping and replenished water in our dams, it has caused significant damage on our large road network.
Council is currently delivering the largest flood damage restoration package in Queensland to ensure our roads are safe and well maintained. This currently stands at $157+ million of permanent restoration works to complete by mid 2024, weather permitting.
The delivery of this package firstly involved a comprehensive road assessment to capture the extent of the damage.
Since November 2021, a significant amount of temporary emergency repairs has also been completed. These temporary repairs ensure the impacted roads can be restored to a safe standard as soon as possible. At the same time, Council is planning and scheduling more permanent reconstruction works in these locations, which also takes into consideration the site conditions and the standard of resources required to complete the permanent reconstruction.
Council has proactively liaised with experienced civil contractors and have fast-tracked the first rounds of flood damage restoration works.
$17 million of flood damage restoration works have been awarded, with contractors working across the region to deliver these packages.
The works involve desilting and repair of drainage structures, gravel re-sheeting, formation grading, shoulder regrading, replacing culverts, and pavement repairs.
The below map details the extent of the 2021/22 flood damage, as highlighted in blue.
Western Downs has released four rounds of flood damage restoration work packages. Each round consists of multiple flood damage works packages spread across the region.
You can find out more details on what roads are being repaired in the awarded work packages below:
- Package 12 - Woleebee / Guluguba / Glenaubyn / Dalwogon area Map(PDF, 282KB) - Delivery programmed between July and October 2023
- Package 13 - Brigalow / Warra / Kogan / Macalister / Ranges Bridge area Map(PDF, 565KB) - Delivery programmed between July and November 2023
- Package 11 - Waikola area Map(PDF, 509KB) - Delivery programmed between September and December 2023
- Package 14 - Flinton / Westmar area Map(PDF, 297KB) - Delivery programmed between August and October 2023
- Package 15 - Meandarra / Hannaford / Inglestone / Southwood / Moonie area Map(PDF, 683KB) - Delivery programmed between August and December 2023
- Seal Package 01 – Kumbarilla / Ducklo area Map(PDF, 232KB) – Delivery programmed between September and October 2023
- Package 16 - Sujeewong / Auburn area Map(PDF, 690KB) – Delivery programmed between September 2023 and February 2024
- Package 17 - Tara area Map(PDF, 652KB) - Delivery programmed between September and November 2023
- Package 18 - Inglestone / Southwood / Westmar / Flinton area Map(PDF, 518KB) - Delivery programmed between September 2023 and February 2024
- Package 19 – Tara / Goranba / Marmadua / Weir River area Map(PDF, 642KB) – Delivery programmed between November 2023 and February 2024
- Package 20 - Wandoan / Grosmont / Roche Creek area Map(PDF, 622KB) - Delivery programmed between November 2023 and March 2024
- Package 21 - Chinchilla / Red Hill / Burncluith / Pelican / Fairyland area Map(PDF, 730KB) - Delivery programmed between November 2023 and March 2024
Further works packages continue to be developed for release in coming months, including for repairs on Council's sealed road network.
Council is also procuring gravel from commercial pits and quarries.
Preparing for future flood events
- We encourage you to be prepared by following our five steps for preparing for emergencies Be Prepared
- During a disaster we will provide information on our Disaster Dashboard