Upgrade heading Stanwell Waroula Road’s way

Rockhampton Regional Council has commenced works to upgrade a section of Stanwell Waroula Road to provide much needed improvements to this vital rural road link.

The project is possible thanks to a $1.7 million investment from the Albanese Labor Government’s Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program, and a $400,000 contribution from Rockhampton Regional Council.

The $2.1 million project will involve formation widening, pavement overlay and sealing for five kilometres of road, as well as replacing a floodway and widening drainage.

Construction of this crucial upgrade is expected to be completed in August 2024, weather permitting.

More information on the Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program is available here.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:

“We know there is a lot of work to undertake to make regional and rural roads across Queensland fit-for-purpose, which is why are injecting $1.7 million towards the Stanwell Waroula Road upgrade.

“It’s part of the Albanese Labor Government’s commitment to improve the safety and accessibility of roads outside of our big cities through record investments, including the Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program.

“This upgrade will mean this road in the Rockhampton region is better equipped for increasing traffic and the types of heavy vehicles our urban neighbours don’t often see – reducing its long-term maintenance requirements.”

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Education, Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm:

“This project is fantastic news for the Rockhampton region, improving access and safety for drivers on our roads.

“The Stanwell Waroula Road upgrade demonstrates the Albanese Government’s commitment to improving infrastructure in our regions, to ensure areas like Rocky continue to be a great place to live, work and raise a family.

“And as more people choose to call this area home, that means more cars on our roads. This long-term traffic congestion solution for Rockhampton’s road network will unlock future economic growth, build flood resilience and support jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Infrastructure Councillor, Rockhampton Regional Council, Councillor, Ellen Smith:

“The Rockhampton Region's rural roads are crucial in connecting our residents, and it is great to see a section of Stanwell Waroula Road receiving this upgrade.

“This project is a testament to our commitment to creating safer and more accessible roads for the community,” Cr Smith said.

“Crews will undertake a range of works including widening the road, bitumen sealing, and extending culverts to enhance road infrastructure.

“Once finished, the works will collectively reduce the risk of accidents, providing safer and more efficient transportation options for road users.

“Residents can anticipate reduced travel times as a result of the road widening, leading to a more efficient and convenient daily commute.

“The wider road widths will also accommodate heavy vehicles and vulnerable road users, ensuring smoother and safer transportation. Emergency vehicle access will also be improved, enhancing response times during critical situations.

“While construction may cause short-term road closures and delays, the long-term benefits include will outweigh the impacts.

“I want to thank the Australian Government for their contribution to this project and thank the community for their understanding during these works.”