Robust and Reliable Roads

Published on Wednesday, 9 March 2022 at 4:37:00 PM


The Shire of Carnarvon is dedicated to a sustainable natural and built environment that meets current and future community needs. To support this strategic goal, the Shire is planning and delivering a range of improvements to ensure the safety and longevity of local road networks.

The Shire recently awarded a contract to Exmouth Civil Pty Ltd for repair and upgrade of the Middalya Crossing on the Minilya – Lyndon Road.

In February 2021, the Shire suffered flood damage to various road assets including Middalya Crossing. The Shire was able to attract approx. $13million for the cost of repair under Disaster Recovery Funding and is pleased to announce that the repair works are commencing in the next few weeks.  

However, Disaster Recovery funding only covers costs to restore roads to pre flood condition and does not fund upgrades or betterment works.

The Shire of Carnarvon recognises the importance of safeguards from environmental impacts and therefore has allocated an additional $310,000 of funds toward Middalya Crossing upgrades.

Betterment works includes installation of an upstream concrete cut-off wall along the full length of the crossing to minimise risk of future crossing flood damage.

Shire President Eddie Smith said upgrades to Middalya Crossing forms part of the Shire’s commitment to delivering sustainable road and transport infrastructure for the community.

"Council recognises the need to adapt and improve our roads to better withstand extreme weather events,” said Cr Smith.

“It is important we invest in the resilience of our communities by building stronger and more reliable infrastructure,” he added.

“We want to ensure our communities remain connected through future cyclones or other natural disaster events.”

The Australian Federal Government also recently announced a $150 million Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program, inviting applications from State, Territory, and Local Governments to address significant deficiencies on key regional and rural roads.

As part of this program, the Shire of Carnarvon has applied for funding to upgrade Wahroonga Pimbee Road. If successful, this funding would support a substantive upgrade to approximately 27.5km of Wahroonga Pimbee Road.  Proposed upgrade works includes pavement sheeting, installation of culverts, stabilised floodways and full width stock grid replacements.

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