Sand drift

Sand drift is now impacting more than 450 kilometres of road network in the Millewa area. More than 50 kilometres of road network is closed, while another 180 kilometres is severely impacted.

Council is constantly working to clear high-priority roads. This includes those necessary to allow access for emergency services, for residents to access their properties as well as a point of access to people’s title of land.

Council has moved well over 75,000 cubic metres of sand to help clear roads. Works include temporary removal of hazards, maintenance works until full remediation can be achieved and full road remediation.

Conditions can change rapidly, and residents are urged to follow any signage, and report new road obstructions by calling (03) 5018 8100. Roads may be shut at short notice, but Council will provide notifications through this website when possible.

Works by residents to remove hazards and open roads for their own use, without the correct permits and permission, is not condoned by Council and can leave people open to liability and prosecution under the Road Management Act 2004.

Current road closures

Road Name

Start Location

End Location

Road Closure Type

Date closed

Date opened

Karween North Road

Sturt Highway

Millewa Road

Full road closure

13/11/19

TBA

Kulnine Road

Sturt Highway

Keera Road

Full road closure

25/11/19

TBA

Oday Road

Keera Road

Curtis Road

Road closed Residents only

4/12/19

TBA

Oday Road

Keera Road

Sturt Highway

Road closed Residents only

15/12/20

TBA

Karawinna North Road

Sturt Highway

Tunkin Road

Full road closure

15/12/20

TBA

Curtis Road

O’Day Road

Walker

Road

Road closed Residents Only

4/1219

TBA

Bambill North Road

Barker Road

Sturt Highway

Full road closure

5/12/19

TBA

Wargan Road

Curtis Road

Lot 1 A PS616777 Wargan Road

Full road closure

15/12/20

TBA

Baker Road

Yarrara North Road

Bambill North Road

Road closed Residents only

15/12/20

TBA

Yarrara North Road

Baker Road

Sturt Highway

Full road closure

15/12/20

TBA

Doering Road

N W Angle Road

Rail Crossing Sth McNabb Lane

Full road closure

15/12/20

TBA

Karawinna North Road

Tunkin Road

Callahan Road

Closing soon – Local traffic only

June 2020

TBA

Karawinna South Road

Millewa Road

Carter Road

Closing soon – Local traffic only

June 2020

TBA

 

Residents and passing motorists should be mindful of these changed conditions when travelling through affected areas.

Sand drift poses a potential safety hazard for road users for two main reasons:

Changes to road surface conditions
Sand can quickly accumulate on part of a road, or block an entire road, representing significantly different road conditions to what motorists are used to, or expect.
Motorists passing through the Millewa area are urged to keep this in mind, particularly when rounding blind corners, or cresting rises in the road.

Property Access
Council encourages residents and farmers to notify Council if their property is cut off from the road network. Council will work to ensure titles of land are connected which will allow farmers to cross their internal paddocks from a road network.
While internal fences my prohibit movement across their title from the connection to the road network, Council will work with property owners to create internal gateways.

For an estimated schedule of sand drift works in coming months please download the map from the link at the bottom of this page.