• Council has 169 bridges and 139 major road culverts which have a total length of 3km. From the 169 bridges there are:

    • 91 concrete bridges
    • 47 timber bridges
    • 31 composite (mixed material) bridges

    These bridges range in length from 5 meters to 160 meters. The range of bridges by length are:

    • < 10 metres - 49 bridges
    • 10 - 20 metres - 79 bridges
    • 20 - 30 metres - 17 bridges
    • > 30 metres - 23 bridges


    There are 23 bridges above 30 metres.  Alll of them are made of either pre-stressed concrete or concrete composite. There are four bridges over the Johnstone rivers (south and north) and one over the Tully River that are largest of the bridge portfolio. These bridges are the:

    • Geraldton Bridge - North Johnstone River - Pre-stressed concrete – 160 metres
    • Old North Johnstone River Bridge - North Johnstone River - Pre-stressed Concrete – 146 metres
    • Jubilee Bridge – South Johnstone River – Concrete arch – 126 metres
    • Tully River Bridge – Tully River – Reinforced Concrete – 111.2 metres
  • Council has adopted the Butler Street (Tully) Vision.

    The first stage of the Butler St revamp has been completed, including a roundabout at the Murray St intersection, road widening, shared pedestrian and bike pathways on either side of the road, pedestrian refuges and street lights. This stage was funded through Natural Disaster Recovery and Relief Arrangements and through Council.

    The overall concept plan, which was adopted following community consultation (a focus group and a public display at the Tully Civic Centre) includes three roundabouts along Butler St, an upgrade of the Tully Transit Centre, a safer entrance to the showgrounds, and pathways.

  • Council manages approximately 70km of footpaths, which include shared paths and off-road cycleways. Most of these pathways give residents access to well-used facilities such as shops, schools, hospitals and tourist destinations.

    Footpath construction materials include pavers, concrete, asphalt and bitumen. Materials are chosen to suit the area and the path's function.

    The Cassowary Coast Cycle and Pedestrian Strategy sets strategic direction to Council’s investment into the future expansion of its pathway network. It helps Council to deliver on its strategic vision of regional growth.  The implementation plan aims to manage community expectations by being realistic about Council’s ability to deliver an affordable and sustainable pathway network and remain focused on key priorities, including integration with the State Government's Principal Cycle Network.

    As with all council assets, footpath information is stored in a Geographic Information System (GIS). This system records the location, size, type and condition of footpaths from their most recent inspections.

    If you are intending to undertake works on a footpath, please view our Council Roads page for more details on the application process.

  • The Cassowary Coast region has a 1550km road network, with about 1200km of council-owned and managed roads. The remainder are state-controlled roads, owned and managed by the Department of Transport and Mains Roads.

    Cardwell Road Network

    Council manages roads via a hierarchy which defines the level of service applied to each road.

    The hierarchy is reflective of the road function, the average vehicle-per-day usage and the road's linkage importance. Learn more about our unsealed roads.

    Council owns and maintains 169 bridges and 139 major road culverts throughout the road network.

    That equates to a bridge structure for every 7km of council road network. This is due to the hilly topography of the Cassowary Coast and its high rainfall averages.

    The Jubilee Bridge over the South Johnstone River in the heart of Innisfail is one of the larger bridges in the Cassowary Coast region and carries the most traffic of all council bridges, followed by Banyan Creek Bridge at the main entrance to Tully.

    Jubilee Bridge

  • State Government-controlled roads within the Cassowary Coast region are: 

    • The Bruce Highway
    • Henderson Drive
    • Innisfail-Japoon Road (including River Avenue)
    • Mourilyan Harbour Road
    • South Johnstone Road
    • Boogan Road
    • Cowley Beach Road
    • Kurrimine Beach Road
    • El Arish-Mission Beach Road
    • Tully-Mission Beach Road
    • Tully-Hull Road (to Tully Heads & Hull Heads)
    • Davidson Road

    Information on state-controlled roads can be located at the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

    For traffic and road condition information on state roads, you can access the 131940 website.

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