Road project ensures dam access is tip-top for summer holidays

Date published: 1 October 2021

Townsville City Council will next week begin the first stage of a project aimed at giving the Paluma Dam Access Road a new lease on life before the busy summer holidays camping season.

The 11km graded road linking Mt Spec Road to Paluma Dam, as well as the Paluma Dam campsite, will be closed for five weeks, allowing crews work to repair and resurface the dirt road.

Council Infrastructure Services Committee chairperson Kurt Rehbein said after a busy September school holidays, the works being undertaken would ensure the public could continue to visit the much-loved Paluma Dam.

“Council crews will complete the first stage of works on the road, which will include sections of grading and the cleaning of a number of table drains and culverts, before contractors will begin works later on to rectify issues on the surface of the road,” Cr Rehbein said.

“These works will ensure locals and tourists can easily continue to visit this beautiful part of our region.

“The Paluma Dam campgrounds are extremely popular, so it’s essential we are able to provide safe passage to and from this great location.

“We understand these closures may affect people’s plans, however we have scheduled the works to coincide just after the September School holidays and to be well and truly done before the summer school holidays begin, to limit the impact on our community.”

The maintenance works will include partial grading of the road as well as maintenance to table drains and culverts.

“We are expecting the first stage of these works to take five weeks, in which the road closure will be enforced 24 hours a day for the safety of both the community and our crews,” Cr Rehbein said.

“We appreciate the community’s patience while these works are being completed.”

Access to the road and campgrounds is expected to re-open on Saturday 6 November, weather and conditions pending.