Cape York Region Package
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.
Cape York Peninsula
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.
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.
- Northern Region
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 section of road between Laura and Rio Tinto boundary, over 5 years.
Progress to date
In 2014, 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 was sealed at 4 locations on the Peninsula Developmental Road:
- Mein Deviation, north of the Archer River (18.9 of 29km)
- South of Hann River (7km)
- Sourayas Hill (north of Coen Airport) (4.5km)
- South of Morehead River (4km).
In addition, 21 water storage structures were constructed to support the delivery of the 2016 projects.
In June 2016, an additional 35.5km of road was sealed on the Peninsula Developmental Road:
- Mein Deviation, north of the Archer River (remaining 10.1km of 29km)
- Coen South (4 of 22km)
- Archer to Wolverton (4.4 of 13km)
- Musgrave (12km)
- Little Laura to Fairview (5km).
Works planned for 2017
- Complete Coen South
- Complete Archer to Wolverton
- Laura Racecourse to Little Laura River
- 10 Mile Creek and South of Duck Holes Creek
- Myall Creek to Rio Boundary
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 to seal a 3.8km of the 4.5km section of the Endeavour Valley Road between Old Dairy Road and Ryder Road is complete (December 2016).
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:
- Lockhart River
- Northern Peninsula Area
- Wujal Wujal.
Works have taken place in Aurukun, Kowanyama, Mapoon, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area, Pormpuraaw and Wujal Wujal in 2016. Works are scheduled to begin in Lockhart River in 2017.
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Sealing works on the Archer to Wolverton project. 20 December 2016.
Sealing works on the Coen South project. 19 December 2016.
Little Laura to Fairview sealing works. 14 December 2016.
The Hope Vale Aboriginal Council construction crew and RoadTek wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from the EVR. 12 December 2016.
Sealing works at South Five Mile Creek as part of the Musgrave project. 9 December 2016.
Trainee Roy Savo at work on the Archer to Wolverton project. 24 October 2016.
Construction works on the Archer to Wolverton project. 9 November 2016.
Archer to Wolverton project. 26 September 2016.
Excavator at work on the Coen South project. 26 October 2016
Jamie Naylor at work on the Coen South project site. 24 October 2016.
Extracting water from a dam for the Coen South project. 26 October 2016.
Little Laura to Fairview project site. 16 November 2016.
Progress on the Little Laura to Fairview project site. 16 November 2016.
Musgrave project. 1 September 2016.
Construction works on the Musgrave project. 1 September 2016.
Sealing works on the Musgrave project. 16 November 2016.
Sealing works begin on the Musgrave project. 16 November 2016.
View the 2016 media gallery for the Mein Deviation project from the Cape York Region Package program of works.
View the 2015 media gallery for the Cape York Region Package program of works.