Aug 19, 2020

New Cape York road sealing works roll out

New Cape York road sealing works roll out Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, Cape York Land Council chair Richie Ah Mat, Senator Susan McDonald and Coen grader driver Eldine Creek.

Stage 2 of the Cape York Region Package project is due to kick off soon with work to seal more than 15km of the Peninsula Developmental Rd.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said Cape York Region Package works were improving road links in the region to support and grow the hospitality, tourism, mining and pastoral industries.

The latest stage includes work to seal an 11.2km section between Kennedy and Rocky Creek, awarded to the Bama Civil and Downer EDI Joint Venture.

RoadTek will seal a 4.4km section at Fairview West.

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said sealing the PDR would minimise closures due to flooding, improve transport efficiency, reduce maintenance costs and stimulate the tourism, agricultural, mining and pastoral industries in the region.

“The PDR has low reliability with extended and multiple road closures and periods of load restrictions each year due to flooding,” Mr Entsch said.

“Unsealed sections generally have substandard drainage and low levels of immunity at waterway crossings.

“When community access roads are closed or subject to load restrictions, road freight stops and has to be replaced by other transport means which can be many times more expensive.

“This is why we are fixing the PDR for local communities and businesses and the regional economy.”

All works on the PDR are carried out under an agreement between the Queensland Government and traditional owners – the PDR Indigenous Land Use Agreement.

This sets out Key Result Areas relating to economic opportunities, training and local industry participation, which are built into all construction contracts.

Stage 2 sealing works are expected to be completed by late 2020.

The projects are jointly funded by the Australian Government ($25.4 million) and the Queensland Government ($6.3 million). The total cost of the Cape York Region Package Project is $276 million.