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Cape York Region Package

Overview:

The Cape York Region Package is a $260.5 million program of works jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments to upgrade critical infrastructure on Cape York Peninsula. 

The package consists of 3 sub-programs:

  • $200 million program of works to progressively seal sections of the Peninsula Developmental Road
  • $10 million over 4 years for sealing works on the Endeavour Valley Road through to Hope Vale
  • $50.5 million for priority community infrastructure works identified by the Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance
Location:

Cape York Peninsula

Completion:

June 2019

Benefits:

Improved access to Cape York for freight, tourists and other road users, improved safety, reduced ongoing road maintenance costs, improved community infrastructure, and employment, training and business development opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Funding:

The Australian Government has committed $208.4 million to the Cape York Regional Package from 2014-15 to 2018-19, with the Queensland Government contributing $52.1 million.

Regions:
Northern Region

Project info

The Cape York Region Package is designed to better connect and provide economic opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities on the Cape. The package is divided into the following 3 sub-programs:

Peninsula Developmental Road

Peninsula Developmental Road map (upgrade to seal, stage one)

Funding of $200m will be used to progressively extend the seal on the road between Lakeland and Weipa, over 4 years.

Project timings

Progress to date

In 2014, an additional 34km of road was sealed at 3 locations on the Peninsula Developmental Road:

  • Rocky Creek to Koolburra (11km)
  • South of Sudley (16km)
  • Kalinga to Healys (7km).

At the end of 2015, an additional 34.4km of road has been sealed at 4 locations on the Peninsula Developmental Road:

  • Mein Deviation, north of the Archer River (18.9km of 29km)
  • South of Hann River (7km)
  • Sourayas Hill (north of Coen Airport) (4.5km)
  • South of Morehead River (4km).

Completion of the sealing of the Mein Deviation will be carried out in early 2016, weather permitting. In addition, 21 water storage structures have been constructed to support the delivery of the 2016 projects.

2016 Early Works projects

The 2016 construction program will continue to further seal sections of the Peninsula Developmental Road and will include:

  • Coen South (22km)
  • Archer to Wolverton (13km)
  • Musgrave (12km)
  • Little Laura to Fairview (4.6km).

More information

Endeavour Valley Road

Funding of $10m has been allocated over 4 years for sealing works on the Endeavour Valley Road through to Hope Vale. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council for the provision of road construction and maintenance services to assist in the delivery of the project.

Progress to date

Work is underway (in July 2016) to seal a 4.5km section of the Endeavour Valley Road between Old Dairy Road and Ryder Road. 

The upgrade and seal of a 900m section of the road, between Endeavour Falls and Paw Paw Gully, was completed earlier this year (2016). 

In 2015, a 1.6km section of the Endeavour Valley Road was sealed, from Paw Paw Gully to Williams Creek.

In 2014, a 780m section of the Endeavour Valley Road was sealed at the William Creek approaches.

Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance community works

Funding of $50.5m has been allocated to improve community infrastructure (projects that upgrade and improve infrastructure such as roads, barge and boat ramps, water and sewerage) in the remote Aboriginal Local Government Authorities of:

  • Aurukun
  • Kowanyama
  • Lockhart River
  • Mapoon
  • Napranum
  • Northern Peninsula Area
  • Pormpuraaw
  • Wujal Wujal.

Planning and design for some projects will start in all 8 communities this year. 

Latest news

Contact details

Phone 1800 184 317*
Email capepackage@tmr.qld.gov.au

*Free call from anywhere in Australia, call charges apply for mobile phones and payphones. Check with your service provider for call costs.

Media gallery

 

Construction works
Trainee Andrew Tramby in the multi tyre roller on the Mein Deviation. May 2016.

Construction works
Trainees Leon Jawai and Roy Savo marking out gravel drops on the Mein Deviation. May 2016.

Construction works
Trainees Linda Jawai and Tristan Bowie maintaining environmental controls on the Mein Deviation. May 2016.

Mein Deviation Sealing Works
Mein Deviation sealing works. June 2016.

Mein Deviation Line Marking
Mein Deviation line marking. July 2016.

Endeavour Valley Road Sealing Works
Endeavour Valley Road sealing works. July 2016.

Endeavour Valley Road Sealing Works
Endeavour Valley Road sealing works. July 2016.

Endeavour Valley Road Sealing Works
Endeavour Valley Road sealing works. July 2016.

View the 2015 media gallery for the Cape York Region Package program of works.

Last updated
20 September 2016