Government signs off on Binna Burra roadworks as visitors return

PRECARIOUS: Making the mountain road safe for motorists was a challenging task for road workers. Photo: TMR
PRECARIOUS: Making the mountain road safe for motorists was a challenging task for road workers. Photo: TMR

After severe bushfires swept through the world heritage-listed Binna Burra rainforest reserve in September 2019, the Binna Burra Road reconstruction project is now complete.

The major road reconstruction marks an important recovery milestone for the community and local tourism after last year's devastating bushfires.

Federal Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said while the impact of the fires had been felt deeply by the local community, the completion of the project was a great result for the wider area.

"The completion of the Binna Burra Road reconstruction project is an important step in boosting the local economy as it recovers from both the bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic," Minister Littleproud said.

"The Australian and Queensland governments have been proud to jointly fund this $30.5 million project through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements."

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that since the road reopening on August 31, many new and returning visitors had come back.

"As we have seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and the many other natural disasters this state has endured, Queenslanders are tough, resilient and optimistic," Mr Bailey said.

"Queensland's investment in projects such as this help underpin our economy and, importantly, our local tourism sector as we deliver Queensland's Economic Recovery Plan over the coming months."

Mr Bailey said the 14-month reconstruction project to repair severe slope damage along Binna Burra Road had been complex due to the steep terrain.

"It has been technically demanding work requiring specialist personnel and equipment to restore this road, and I'd like to congratulate the project team on a job well done," he said.

"We also thank the community for its patience while these critical reconstruction works were carried out."

The reconstruction works involved installing slope stabilisation measures above and below the road, including drape mesh and rock-fall protection above the road.

"Downslope work has involved installing large rock gabions (or rock-filled cages) and anchoring them with long soil nails and rock anchors into the cliff face."

Other completed works include concrete channelling, laying new bitumen seal and asphalt, line marking and installing signs.

Road restoration, drainage reinstatement, sealing, asphalt, some guardrail installation and line marking were funded through the Queensland Transport Roads Investment Program.