Works to begin on Stage 2 of Matthew Flinders Drive


Livingstone Shire Council will start work soon on Stage 2 of upgrades to Matthew Flinders Drive in Cooee Bay, thanks to funding from the Queensland Government.

The estimated $1.69m reconstruction project, fully funded under the Works for Queensland (W4Q) program, is scheduled to start this month and is expected to run through to August, weather-permitting.

The project includes renewal of the road pavement and upgrades to stormwater pipes, pits, kerbs and channels.

The section of road to be upgraded runs from Edward Street to Gregory Street.

Portfolio holder of Transport (Roads, Drainage, Pathways), Councillor Glenda Mather said the works will improve safety as well as the road’s life span. 

“Matthew Flinders Drive is a key linkage and busy road so it’s vital these reconstruction works are carried out,” Councillor Mather said.

“There will be lane and road closures with detours provided and Council would like to thank the community for its patience, as well as residents who are impacted by the works.

“Council recognises the huge task it has ahead to upgrade our road network, but with government assistance it will continue these upgrades.

“Council would like to thank the Queensland Government for this significant funding commitment.”

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the W4Q program supports regional councils to undertake job-creating maintenance and minor infrastructure projects.

“W4Q assists councils to maintain, improve and add to key assets eligible for funding, such as these funds provided under the 2021-24 round for Matthew Flinders Drive and associated roadworks infrastructure,” she said.

Stage 1 of the project was completed in December 2020 and included upgrading the road from the Scenic Highway (north) to Edward Street.