The Department of Transport and Main Roads has approved a long overdue makeover of the Warrego Highway.

The Western Downs Regional Council will receive $1.5 million for the renovation.

The new landscaping design is aimed to welcome motorists to Dalby’s east and west entrances, and provide screening for residents living along previously upgraded sections of the highway.

The funding is the product of a successful negotiation, with the main goal of the deliberations was to significantly increase the scope of landscaping that was originally outlined in a previous Warrego Highway Upgrade Program.

The Western Downs Regional Council took the initiative to draft their own landscape designs, aimed to soften the impacts of the highway upgrade as well as beautifying the main entrances, and thoroughfare through Dalby.

The final landscaping designs were a collaboration between the two levels of government, but is based on the Council’s original plan.

The design plan includes incorporating more than $7100 worth of plants, trees, shrubs, and ground cover, with the council is already in consultation with local nurseries on covering the needs for the project.

The initial steps of delivering on the landscaping plan will commence in 2018, and will align with ongoing construction on the Warrego Highway.

Western Downs Regional Council and Technical Services Councillor, Greg Olm, said that the Council is very aware of the loss of landscaping features as a result of the much-needed Warrego Highway upgrade.

“Great liveability is a key priority for Council and we’ve invested a lot into beautifying our towns by rejuvenating our CBDs with vibrant garden beds and maintaining beautiful parks and open spaces,” he said.

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