Pooncarie Road


Project overview

Central Darling Shire and Wentworth Shire Councils commenced work on sealing Pooncarie Road between Pooncarie and Menindee, on Tuesday 19 January 2021. Work is expected to be completed by 2024.

Latest news

July 2023 - Pooncarie Road project update 

Crews from Central Darling Shire Council have completed 49.1 kilometres of a total of 61 kilometres of sealing work on Pooncarie Road in Central Darling Shire.  Wentworth Shire Council recommenced work in July 2023 to seal the final 26.5 kilometres in Wentworth Shire and is forecast to complete this work in December 2023. 

When all works are completed, the project will see a total of 87.5 kilometres of road sealed between Menindee and Pooncarie by 2024.

April 2023 - Pooncarie Rd Reopens following weather event

Pooncarie Road has been reopened to traffic under caution at Yampoola Creek with traffic advised to follow appropriate traffic control and signage. To date, Central Darling Council has sealed 33.6km of the road.

Nov 2021 - Milestone reached in major project

Central Darling Shire Council have transformed nine kilometres of remote Pooncarie Road from dirt to bitumen seal in the first milestone for the jointly funded infrastructure upgrade project. This first milestone in the project to seal 61-kilometres of road was reached after work started in January this year.

Pooncarie Road

Early next year, Wentworth Shire Council will start work on the southern end of the project length.

Project information


The Australian and NSW Governments have provided $48.8 million to jointly fund the sealing of Pooncarie Road from dirt to bitumen.

Pooncarie Road connects people in the Menindee Lakes area with emergency and health services, schools and suppliers - and the freight operators who bring these supplies - such as groceries.

About 75 people will be employed during the project which will boost local employment and unlock opportunities for primary producers and tourism operators.

Key features

The 87.5 kilometres of bitumen sealing to be carried out over the next three years will ensure motorists enjoy safer, faster and more reliable journeys with 61 kilometres to be sealed through the Central Darling Shire and 26.5 kilometres through Wentworth Shire.

A fully sealed road will reduce travel times by about 90 minutes between Menindee and Wentworth when completed.


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For further information about this project, please contact:

Email:  projects@transport.nsw.gov.au