Kiwirrkurra Rd and Tanami rd

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 at 19:07
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Had planned to head east west from Papunya via Kiwirrkurra Rd to pilbara but with the covid shutdown the Aboriginal communities are closed and hence no fuel.
Are there any other fuel possibilities along this route?
I've also heard of closures on the Tanami, my second choice. Same question for that road.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 at 20:03

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 at 20:03
It is called the Gary Junction Road.
I would call a couple of communities. Getting fuel is not the same as "visiting" and they may be able to help.
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Follow Up By: workhorse - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 at 20:42

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 at 20:42
I think the new name is Kwirrkurra, the older being Gary Junction.
According to the WA gov site closed is closed except for certain essential workers or emergencies.
Looking to see if there are other fuel stops
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 09:05

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 09:05
I can't find any evidence of any name change. Do you have some?
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Follow Up By: Member - Suitcase (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 09:21

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 09:21
EOTopo shows Kiwirrkurra Road from the border to Kiwirrkurra.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 17:51

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 17:51
Not exactly a names authority?
A change of names is a complicated b/autocratic exercise. :(
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Follow Up By: equinox - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 18:24

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 18:24
Kiwirrkurra Road from border to community
Jupiter Wells Access Road from community to Jupiter Well
Desert Road from Jupiter well to Well 33 community

Source Main Roads WA website

Similar to Ann Beadell Highway really being called Serpentine Lakes Road

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Reply By: ian - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 at 23:01

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 at 23:01
I spoke to CLC a week or 2 ago and they said road open and you can get fuel. (bowsers in the communities are remote from the stores and contact can be avoided)
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Reply By: John Baas - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 01:47

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 01:47
I have received permits this week for transit (2 needed) along the Gary Junction from Papunya to the Talawana Track for about 4 weeks time.

Kunawaritji (2 days ago) told me there is fuel available/open at Kintore, Kiwirrkurra, and Kunawaritji for east/west travelers (but do not be trying to go down the CSR...).

However, when I applied for my WA section permit (received, approved for transit only) I also received a call from DIA (a very helpful officer) to tell me that the WA-side communities were 'listed' as not to visit, COVID-wise.

So, I suggest, before you go, that you do last minute checks of what, seems to me, to be a moveable feast.

As a 'helpful' addendum, there was an ABC news item (with video) about 2 week's ago about the Tanami Track being a bit rough (as in breaking every second chassis rough)...

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Follow Up By: workhorse - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 06:51

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 06:51
Thanks to all for those helpful and constructive comments based on real time experiences
Looks like it might happen.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 12:47

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 12:47
John, yes I saw that story on ABC about the Tanami. I wonder if the cause of the road deterioration is the increased use of transport trucks or if it was just to pressure the public/government to upgrade the road/bitumen to continue its use as a trucking thoroughfare or whether it has actually changed at all.... Seems the same story is told every single year about the Tanami for the past 25 years! Last time we traversed the Tanami I had an 8mth old baby who turns 21 this year. The footage in the news story looked no different to it was then and there were complaints then and rumours about it "soon" being bituminised...
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 23:57

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 23:57
That's pretty much the same as places like Warburton. We asked that very question about three weeks ago and they replied that "use of the roadhouse/store facilities is OK, that's not the community", although every time we've been there it seems half the community is too - it seems to be just after a funeral closure/re-open.
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