Sand drift

January 2021 update

All roads closures linked to the recent sand drift event are now open to residents and the public.

An estimated 700,000 tonnes of sand drift has been removed from more than 450 kilometres of Millewa roads affected.

Despite the unusual challenges posed by the sand drift, it’s led to several positive outcomes for the community.

About 3000 tonnes of sand removed from roads was donated to several local golf clubs to help with their restoration works.

Sand was also used to top-dress playing fields at several sporting precincts. The remainder was moved to farmers' paddocks in locations that weren't susceptible to sand drift.


In November 2019, ongoing drought conditions led to a major sand drift event in the Millewa.

More than 450 kilometres of road network was affected, leading to the closure of around 50 kilometres of road. A further 180kms of the network was severely impacted.

With financial aid from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program, Council began work to clear high-priority roads in late 2019.

This included roads 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.

Current road closures

*Please note, as of January 2021 all affected roads are now open.