Transport and Roads
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To notify Council of flooded roads, pot holes, grading, slashing or other enquiries please head to our Online Service Centre or call Customer Support on (07) 4913 5000.
Road Closures/Flooding of Council roads
Flooding can cause extensive damage to roads and property. For the safety of all road users, and to protect the road asset, flood warning and/or road closures signs may be necessary while floodwaters cover roads. Once the floodwater recedes, Council progressively inspects all affected roads and infrastructure to make sure they can be re-opened to traffic, and are structurally safe for vehicles of various sizes and weights.
Council assures you that road closures and load restrictions are carefully managed to avoid permanent damage of saturated roads and to minimise disruptions to road users.
All road users are urged to follow advice provided on road closures and load restrictions, drive safely to match the conditions, obey road signs and speed limits, and look out for road workers as they go about their job repairing the roads. In doing so, everyone will play a part in looking after this important community asset.
Naming of parks, roads and bridges
Naming of roads, bridges and parks (infrastructure assets) provides an opportunity to honour individuals and groups for contributions and achievements that deserve recognition. They also present an opportunity to emphasise important landmarks, geographical features or history that may be more relevant in some cases. The issue of naming infrastructure assets may arise either in the case of existing unnamed infrastructure at the instigation of Council or the community or as a result of new infrastructure being constructed as part of Council works or residential development. Please contact Council with any questions.
In accordance with the Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018, it may be that construction of driveways within the road reserve trigger the requirement for an Operational Works Permit to be obtained. This is determined with a self-assessment check of the Acceptable Outcomes of the Development Works Code for Access Works and the Tables of Assessment for any mapped overlays. Contact Council’s Duty Planner for any further information in this regard.
All other works within the road reserve (with the exception of driveways/property accesses) may require an Application to be made for Works in a Council Controlled Area or Reserve to be made. This can be lodged via Council's Online Services portal by clicking the Application Lodgement option. Contact Council’s Engineering Services department for more information.
Livingstone Shire Council’s Engineering business unit also issues Stock Route Agistment Permits and Stock Route Travel Permits under the Stock Route Management Act 2002. Permits can be issued over stock routes, reserves for travelling stock and roads and other land under Council control. A Stock Route Travel Permit can also be issued over unallocated state land adjoining any of the above. Further information and application forms can be obtained from the Queensland Government Stock Routes website https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/access/stock-routes. Completed application forms can be emailed to email@example.com.
Road Closure Applications
Council does not own road reserves, therefore is unable to approve their closure and sale to landowners. Road reserves are owned by the State, represented by the Department of Resources (‘DoR’). However, Council is custodian of roads (excluding Main Roads), therefore prior to assessing applications for road closures, DoR requires Council comments on the closure proposal.
Before you proceed, it is recommended you review the DoR Guideline ‘Roads under the Land Act 1994’ which can be accessed at https://www.resources.qld.gov.au/?a=109113:policy_registry/roads-under-land-act.pdf&ver=5.02
To progress your application you can either apply to DoR online or submit forms to Council.
Apply Online – DoR Website
- Access the State Government website at https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/state/application/forms/services/road-closure and select ‘Apply online now’.
- The road manager’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The DoR will forward your completed application directly to Council for assessment and completion of a Part C.
Submit Forms To Council
To commence the process to obtain Council comments you should complete the following DoR forms and submit to Council with a plan (showing location, dimensions and area of proposed road closure) either in person or by emailing email@example.com:
- Part A – Form LA00 ‘Contact and Land Details’ https://www.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/312157/state-land-form-la00.pdf
- Part B – form LA18 ‘Road Closure Application’ https://www.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/312174/state-land-form-la18.pdf
Upon receipt of an application, internal consultation is undertaken then a report presented to Council seeking a resolution.
NOTE: In order for Council to make a decision on road closure proposals, application forms are included in the publicly available Council Meeting Agenda on Council’s website (personal information such as names, postal address, phone numbers and email addresses are redacted).
After the Council meeting, a completed Part C – Form LA30 will be submitted directly to DoR or forwarded to the applicant.
The time from lodging an application to a Part C being provided can sometimes take around 6 weeks depending on the extent of inspections required by Council officers and which Council Meeting deadlines can be met.
Pursuant to the Information Privacy Act 2009, the following relates to personal information provided to Council regarding road closure applications:
- The information submitted on the application forms and any attachments is collected to process and assess applications under the Local Government Act 2009 - s 68(4) and the Land Act 1994 - s 99.
- It is Council’s usual practice to publish road closure application forms and any attachments in a Council Meeting Agenda which is publicly available on Council’s website (personal information such as names, postal address, phone numbers and email addresses are redacted)
Slashing on gravel roads is not normally undertaken unless to address urgent visibility or safety issues.
In the case of roadside shoulder slashing on bitumen roads, you are requested to notify Council of your concerns by contacting our Customer Service Centre or submitting an online enquiry via our Online Service Centre.
In the case of gravel road shoulders, land owners are advised that Council does not slash roadsides but relies on the grading maintenance crew to remove grass growth when normal maintenance activities are carried out in the area. Slashing will be done on gravel roads in some circumstances where a safety hazard is perceived to exist and/or when the grading crew is not expected in the area for a considerable time.
In the case of clearing/slashing of the road reserve in front of a property for cosmetic purposes, the land owner should seek approval from the the Natural Resource Management team at Council. The request will be assessed and any plant species of interest may be ordered to be protected and/or re-established in an approved location.
Work on a road reserve is not permitted to be carried out by private persons without approval.
Land owners are able to apply to burn local road reserves and other Council controlled reserves that are adjacent to their properties. If a landholder wishes to burn a State-controlled road, they must contact the Department of Main Roads.To apply to burn a rural roadside please complete and submit an Application to Conduct Controlled Burning within a Council Controlled Road Reserve.
Enquiries can be made by lodging a customer request via our Online Service Centre or call Customer Support on (07) 4913 5000.
The property owner is responsible for the provision and maintenance of vehicle access from the roadway to the property boundary as regulated in Council's Local Law. An Application for Operational Works may be required and can be lodged via our Online Service Centre. Contact Council's Duty Planner for any enquiries.
Roads with kerb and channel
The property owner is responsible for providing access across the kerb and channel. In areas where there are steep cross falls on the roadway and/or verge area, a bridge type crossing may be allowed to prevent vehicles scraping as they enter the driveway. The Capricorn Municipal Development Guidelines (CMDG) provides self-assessable solutions for crossovers and driveways. For crossovers and driveways that do not comply with the Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018 an Operational Works Permit will be required. Applications may be submitted via Council’s Online Service Centre. Property owners are responsible for constructing and maintaining the driveways and crossovers. For any further enquiries please contact Council's Duty Planner.
Roads with no kerb and channel
The property owner is responsible for constructing the access / driveway from the road pavement to the property boundary. Self-assessable solutions are provided in the CMDG. For accesses / driveways that do not comply with the Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018 an Operational Works Permit will be required. Applications may be submitted via Council’s Online Service Centre. Property owners are responsible for constructing and maintaining the driveways and crossovers. For any further enquiries please contact Council's Duty Planner.
- Determine if proposed works is self-assessable development.
- If application required, apply for Council permit to construct a property access / crossover / driveway.
- Prior to construction, obtain the location of all services in the road reserve by contacting Dial Before You Dig on 1100.
- Construct property access / crossover / driveway.
- Maintain the property access to a standard that is safe for all road users, including pedestrians.
- Where Council alters or removes part of an existing legally constructed property access for Council purposes, it will reinstate the access at an equal or higher standard than existed prior to the work taking place.
The property owner is responsible for the provision and maintenance of individual property numbers as regulated in Council’s Local Law for Roads. Numbers must be easily read from the roadway to enable a property to be identified by emergency services vehicles, taxis, service authorities and the general public.
In the urban area all properties are allocated a street number by Council. These street numbers should be clearly displayed on the property.
Confirmation of a property number may be obtained from our Customer Service Centre. Please note that corner properties may have the option of one of two addresses depending on the access restrictions, due to the road classification, found in Council’s property notes.
The allocated rural addressing number is determined in a logical sequence based on the distance of the property access from the start of the road and will be known as the principal address of a property.
Each number represents the distance (in metres), divided by 10 from the road’s commencement point, and adjusted slightly to achieve odd numbers on the left hand side and even numbers on the right hand side of the road. This system aids the location of property entrances by allowing drivers to measure distances from a given point.
Rural address numbers have replaced duplicate lot numbers, PMB and CMB and other numbering systems used in the past.
Confirmation of a property number may be obtained from our Customer Service Centre. To ensure uniformity of the system throughout the Shire, Council provides standard number posts with the reflective rural address number adhered to both sides of the post.
Supply of Number Signs
For initial implementation, Council will supply number signs (free of charge) to every ratepayer who has an existing residence/access driveway leading from the nominated road. Vacant lots will not be issued with a sign until such time that a dwelling or shed is constructed. When an existing vacant lot is subdivided it is the developer’s responsibility to pay for the rural addressing of the additional lots. That is Council pays for one rural addressing number, developer pays for the balance.
For new residents, upon receipt of an application for a Building Permit for the initial habitable dwelling on a vacant lot, Council will advise the property owner to apply for Works in Council Controlled Areas and Roads. Council will supply a number sign (free of charge) to the access driveway when workmen are next in the area.
Location of Signs
Kerb and channelled roadways: The number is to be painted or fixed to the kerb, or erected on the road frontage boundary of the property.
Non-kerbed roadways: The rural addressing sign shall be erected at the far side of the access drive approximately 1.0m outside the line of guideposts/shoulder of the road/or property side of the piped crossing or adjacent to the mail box in a visible location. The top of the sign is to be 1.0m to 1.2m above the ground, where possible.
Single access to multiple lots: Where a combined access leaves the road to service two or more lots, signs are to be placed at the near and far sides of this access reflecting the number of lots served by the combined access road (i.e. the lowest and the highest number).