The Palaszczuk Government is urging remind motorists travelling in western Queensland to use QLDTraffic to plan their journey ahead of time.
A summer of severe weather that delivered record-breaking rainfall also damaged key roads across parts of regional Queensland.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said road repairs were continuing across the state, particularly in western Queensland.
“Outback Queensland has so many fantastic places to visit so we are reminding all travellers to safely plan their journey west,” Mr Bailey said.
“A number of flood affected roads in regional Queensland are still damaged so we want both domestic and international visitors to feel confident they can safely drive across the regional road network.
“While our roads have had a rough summer, Outback Queensland is still open for business.”
Mr Bailey said a new campaign would help educate motorists on how to access and use QLDTraffic, which allows drivers to see what roads are closed or undergoing repairs in real time.
“It’s important for drivers to plan their route before setting off because there are many roads that remain flooded, closed or restricted to four-wheel drive access.
“QldTraffic has been operating for several years and has helped countless drivers plan their journey.
“I urge anyone planning a trip to the outback to ‘Check. Plan. Go.’ to help avoid lengthy delays.”
Mr Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government had declared 2019 The Year of Outback Tourism to support outback communities.
“The Outback festival season has already kicked off and there are plenty of events just around the corner,” Mr Bailey said.
“This includes the Vision Splendid Festival in Winton in late June, the Mount Isa Rodeo in August, the Outback Masters Golf Challenge, Cobb and Co Festival and lots more.
“From droughts to floods, our communities have been doing it tough and by planning your next trip west, QLDTraffic can help as you explore this special part of Australia.”
For the latest road updates visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au, call 13 19 40, or use the free QldTraffic smart phone app available for iPhone and Android devices.