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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 2013-14 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 Early Works Package map

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 remaining  gravel sections 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 resumed after the wet season on 18 April 2016 on the upgrade and seal of a 900m section of the road between Endeavour Falls and Paw Paw Gully.

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

In addition, pre-construction activities were carried out in late 2015, in readiness for the 2016 upgrade and seal of a 900m section, between Endeavour Falls and Paw Paw Gully.

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

Find more information on the Endeavour Valley Road upgrading works.

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. 

More information

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.

Progress on the Mein Deviation
Progress on the Mein Deviation. December 2015.

Seal works in progress at Mein Deviation on the Peninsula Developmental Road
Seal works in progress at Mein Deviation on the Peninsula Developmental Road. December 2015.

Seal works in progress at Mein Deviation on the Peninsula Developmental Road
Seal works in progress at Mein Deviation on the Peninsula Developmental Road. December 2015.

Trainee, Tristen Bowie, checking the road grade on Mein Deviation project
Trainee, Tristen Bowie, checking the road grade on Mein Deviation project. December 2015.

Bitumen being sprayed on the Sourayas Hill section
Bitumen being sprayed on the Sourayas Hill section. December 2015.

RoadTek’s William Chou standing on new seal on the Sourayas Hill section
RoadTek’s William Chou standing on new seal on the Sourayas Hill section. December 2015.

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Last updated
27 June 2016