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Chinchilla Overpass to get new lease on life

27 June 2017

Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Cr Greg Olm at the Chinchilla Overpass where significant upgrades are set to improve safety, slash maintenance requirements, and help beautify the entrance to the CBD.

Building on our region’s strength and confidence Western Downs Regional Council will commence works to revamp the Chinchilla Overpass in the 2017/18 Financial Year thanks to funding received under the State Government’s Works for Queensland program.

  • The Overpass, which enters the Chinchilla CBD from the Warrego Highway, is a popular main connection road linking the North and South of Chinchilla;
  • The upgrade will see significant safety enhancements and beautification that will remove up to 90% of regular maintenance requirements;
  • Council have received $300,000 under the State Government’s Works for Queensland program to fund the project;
  • Complementing the Chinchilla Town Entrance Upgrade, this project will assist in creating a welcoming streetscape thoroughfare to the CBD boosting liveability, tourism and economic development.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said through the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program the Western Downs was getting both jobs and local infrastructure.

“These are the kind of great community infrastructure projects that Works for Queensland is making possible right across the state, delivering jobs and stimulating the local economy,” Ms Trad said.

“Western Downs Council alone has received $2.6 million from the Palaszczuk Government through this program to deliver 9 projects and I’m advised by Council that they’ve been able to employ 98 local people as a direct result of this funding.”

Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Councillor Greg Olm said as an essential road link into the centre of town, the Chinchilla Overpass was in much need of an upgrade.

“Council’s Works and Parks and Open Spaces crews do a great job of maintaining the Overpass, however in its current condition it’s both unsafe and difficult for our staff to look after,” he said.

“Thanks to funding from the State Government’s Works for Queensland program we’ll be able to significantly revitalise the Chinchilla Overpass, enhancing safety and cutting our regular maintenance requirements.

“By making this vital road link safer for all users, we’re ensuring that our community, business and industry remain well connected for many years to come.”

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the revitalisation of the Chinchilla Overpass will build on the strong tourism and economic diversity in the region.

“Revamping the look and feel of the Chinchilla Overpass through beautification and landscaping works will add to making our communities more vibrant and welcoming,” she said.

“Many residents and visitors to our region regularly use the Overpass to access the CBD, with the Chinchilla Melon Festival being one of the busiest times of year.

“This project will help reinvigorate Chinchilla’s thoroughfare into the CBD and work in with Council’s plans to beautify Chinchilla’s town entrance, boosting town and community pride.”

The Chinchilla Overpass Upgrade under the 2017/18 Capital Works Program is an initiative of Western Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government.

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Media Contact:
Cr Greg Olm | Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services | 0477 977 085

Cr Carolyn Tillman | Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries | 0401 662 352