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Cape York Region Package


The Cape York Region Package is a 5-year $260.5 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:

  • $200 million program of works to progressively seal sections of the Peninsula Developmental Road between Laurakeland and the Rio Tinto boundary, south of Weipa.
  • $10 million over 4 years for sealing works onsections of the Endeavour Valley Road through between Cooktown and to 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.


June 2019.


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.

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

Peninsula Developmental Road

The progressive upgrade of the 527km Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) between Laura 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 Indigenous business capability and providing improved Indigenous and local employment and training opportunities.

Peninsula Developmental Road (Lakeland–Rio Tinto Boundary)

Map of Cape York Region Package Peninsula Developmental Road Upgrade to Seal
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Funding of $200 million will be used to progressively extend the seal on sections of the PDR between Laura and Rio Tinto boundary, over 5 years.

The current status of PDF sealing works under the 5-year CYRP is outlined below.

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

Status of the PDR delivery under the CYRP as at 30 June 2018

Calendar year Total kms sealed Packages of works
2014 34km 
  • Rocky Creek to Koolburra (10.9 km)
  • South of Sudley (16.2 km)
  • Kalinga to Healys (7.2 km) 
2015 34km 
  • Mein Deviation, north of the Archer River (18.9 km of 28.8 km)
  • South of Hann River (6.1 km)
  • Sourayas Hill (north of Coen Airport) (4.5 km)
  • South of Morehead River (4.4 km)
2016 36km 
  • Mein Deviation, north of the Archer River (remaining 9.9 km of 28.8 km)
  • Coen South (4 km of 22 km)
  • Archer to Wolverton (4.4 km of 13.6 km)
  • Musgrave (12.3 km)
  • Little Laura to Fairview (5.1 km)
2017 40km 
  • Coen South (remaining 18 km of 22 km)
  • Archer to Wolverton (remaining 9.2 km of 13.6 km)
  • Myall Creek to Rio Boundary (4.5 km of 8.8 km)
  • South of Duck Holes Creek (no sealing commenced)
  • 10 Mile Creek (no sealing commenced)
  • Laura Racecourse to Little Laura (8.5 km)
  144km  Total km sealed to December 2017 
2018 29km

Assuming completion of 2017 projects and 2018 projects 
  • Myall Creek to Rio Boundary (to complete 4.3 km of 8.8 km)
  • South of Duck Holes Creek (to complete 4.1 km)
  • 10 Mile Creek (to complete 1.6 km)
  • Telecom Tower to Archer River (6.7 km)
  • Piccaninny Black Soil (5.6 km)
  • Fairview West (part A) (6.4 km)  
  173km Total km proposed be sealed by June 2019

PDR upgrade to seal factsheet

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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 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.

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

The balance of funding to complete the final 2.81 km ($4.5 million) is being provided by the state government, separate to the Cape York Region Package. Stage 5 sealing works will be completed in 2018. 

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 Councils 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 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.

Work on the 3-year works program TCICA Works Program started in mid-2016. All projects are scheduled for completion by 30 June 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
02 October 2018