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Cape York Region Package


The Cape York Region Package is a 5-year $276 million program of works (2014-15 to 2018-19) jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments to upgrade critical infrastructure on Cape York Peninsula.

The package consists of 3 sub-programs:

  • A $215.5 million program of works to progressively seal sections of the Peninsula Developmental Road between Laura and the Rio Tinto boundary, south of Weipa.
  • $10 million over 4 years for sealing works on sections of the Endeavour Valley Road between Cooktown and Hope Vale.
  • $50.5 million for priority Indigenous community infrastructure works identified by the Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance (TCICA) – formerly known as the Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance (CIMA).

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 the local community.

The Australian Government has committed $223.9 million to the Cape York Region Package from 2014-15 to 2018-19, with the Queensland Government contributing $52.1 million.

North Queensland Region - Far North District

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The Cape York Region Package is designed to better connect and provide economic opportunity for local communities on the Cape.

Peninsula Developmental Road

The progressive upgrade of the 527km Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) between Lakeland and the Rio Tinto Boundary, south of Weipa, continues to deliver significant benefits to industry and Cape York communities in terms of improved economic opportunities, freight efficiency, road safety and access to essential services.

In particular, delivery of PDR works has been instrumental in building local and Indigenous business capability and providing improved Indigenous and local employment and training opportunities.

Peninsula Developmental Road (Lakeland–Rio Tinto Boundary)

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Funding of $215.5 million will be used to progressively extend the seal on sections of the PDR between Laura and Rio Tinto boundary, over 5 years.

When the CYRP concludes at the end of June 2019, a further 173km of the 527km PDR will have been sealed under this program, leaving a little over 200km remaining unsealed.

The current status of PDR sealing works under the 5-year CYRP is outlined as follows.

Status of the PDR delivery under the CYRP as at 31 October 2019

Calendar year Total kms sealed Packages of works
2014 34km 
  • Rocky Creek to Koolburra (10.9km)
  • South of Sudley (16.2km)
  • Kalinga to Healys (7.2km) 
2015 34km 
  • Mein Deviation, north of the Archer River (18.9km of 28.8km)
  • South of Hann River (6.1km)
  • Sourayas Hill (north of Coen Airport) (4.5km)
  • South of Morehead River (4.4km)
2016 36km 
  • Mein Deviation, north of the Archer River (remaining 9.9km of 28.8km)
  • Coen South (4km of 22km)
  • Archer to Wolverton (4.4km of 13.6km)
  • Musgrave (12.3km)
  • Little Laura to Fairview (5.1km)
2017 40km 
  • Coen South (remaining 18km of 22km)
  • Archer to Wolverton (remaining 9.2km of 13.6km)
  • Myall Creek to Rio Boundary (4.5km of 8.8km)
  • South of Duck Holes Creek (1.6km)
  • 10 Mile Creek (4.1km)
  • Laura Racecourse to Little Laura (8.5km) 
2018 16km

  • Myall Creek to Rio Boundary (remaining 4.3km of 8.8km)
  • South of Duck Holes Creek (4.1km)
  • 10 Mile Creek (1.6km)
  • Piccaninny Black Soil (5.6km)
  160km Total km sealed to December 2018
2019  13km
  • Fairview West (part A) (6.4km)  
  • Telecom Tower to Archer River (6.7km)
  173km Total km proposed to be sealed by late 2019

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Endeavour Valley Road

Funding of $10 million has been allocated over 4 years for sealing works on the Endeavour Valley Road 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.

The $10 million in funding provided via the CYRP has resulted in 7.51km of the Endeavour Valley Road being sealed.

The balance of funding ($4.5 million) provided by the state government, separate to the Cape York Region Package, has resulted in the final 2.81km being sealed. A sealed road now connects Cooktown to Hope Vale. 

TCICA community works

Funding of $50.5 million has been allocated to improve community infrastructure (projects that upgrade and improve infrastructure such as roads, barge and boat ramps, water and sewerage treatment plants) in remote Indigenous local government council areas in Cape York:

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

The priority community infrastructure works were identified by the former Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance (CIMA) – now Torres Cape Indigenous Councils Alliance (TCICA), which is made up of representatives from each of the relevant Indigenous local government council areas.

In determining priorities for their communities, the then CIMA considered each project on its economic impact, creation of training and employment opportunities, impact on social well-being of the community and cultural significance.

The 3-year TCICA Works Program started in mid-2016, with all projects scheduled for completion by late 2019. 

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Media gallery

Overhead shot of road
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Grader operator
Grader operator

Grader trim
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Bitumen being laid

Bitumen being laid

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.

Last updated
21 January 2020