David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Recovering from 2019 monsoon with improved roads in Winton 

April 24, 2020

To better prepare the Winton region for extreme weather events, $332,000 in joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government funding will be invested in improving access on the Old Landsborough Highway and Olio-Fairview Crossing.

“The 2019 monsoon will be remembered not only in how it decimated the livestock herd, but in how it stranded station owners, truckies, travellers and entire communities, including Winton and across the north-west,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Improving access on the Olio-Fairview Crossing and Old Landsborough Highway, the Winton community will be able to recover sooner the next time flooding or monsoonal activity hits the region.

“On the Olio-Fairview Crossing, $196,000 will be invested in building concrete extensions – giving travellers safer access to pass sooner after a deluge.

“The Old Landsborough Highway’s floodways will be extended, stabilised and sealed, with $136,000, which is going to guarantee better access for travellers and the movement of livestock.

“This boosts confidence that we can get back to business faster after wet events like last year’s monsoon.”

As part of the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments’ $134.5 million infrastructure package, a further $12 million has been allocated to 26 resilience projects that will ensure communities can better withstand extreme weather events.

Today’s announcement is in addition to more than $81 million already approved for stronger, more resilient infrastructure.