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Clermont-Alpha Road progressive sealing


This project progressively paved and sealed about 17km of the Clermont-Alpha Road, over multiple locations between Clermont and Alpha.


The project was delivered in 3 packages:

  • Package 1: About 40km north of Alpha (Central West District).
  • Package 2: This package consists of 4 separate sections. Three sections are nearest Alpha (about 45km, 54km and 60km north of Alpha in the Central West District). The fourth section is located at the Clermont end of the road, about 35km west of Clermont (Mackay Whitsunday District).
  • Package 3: About 60km north of Alpha (Central West District).

The overall project was completed in September 2019. 

  • Package 1: Construction started in March 2018 and was completed in August 2018.
  • Package 2: Construction started in September 2018 with completion in September 2019.
  • Package 3: Construction started in March 2019 with completion in July 2019. 
  • Improved access by sealing gravel sections of road.
  • Improved road safety by providing adequate seal width for overtaking and passing vehicles and improved visibility by reducing dust and flying rock.
  • Enhanced route reliability and reduced road closures during the wet season and instances of vehicles getting bogged.
  • Reduced damage and stress to livestock by reducing road roughness and dust.
  • Reduced whole-of-life road management costs.

Barcaldine Regional Council (Central West District packages).

RoadTek (Mackay/Whitsunday District section of Package 2). 


$8.71 million jointly funded by the Australian Government ($6.97 million) and Queensland Government ($1.74 million) as part of the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program.

  • Package 1: $2.5 million project in Central West District.
  • Package 2: $5.01 million with projects in Central West and Mackay Whitsunday Districts.
  • Package 3: $1.2 million project in Central West District.
Central Region - Central West District, Central Region - Mackay Whitsunday District

Project info

On 24 October 2016, the Australian Government announced the commitment of $100 million in funding to improve roads essential to cattle transportation. This is known as the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program.

The Clermont-Alpha Road is a key strategic route supporting the economic development of both the beef industry in central western Queensland and northern Australia. Improving this link is vital in unlocking the potential of the beef supply chain. As part of the Beef Roads Program, construction works started in March 2018 to seal about 17km of the Clermont-Alpha Road, north of Alpha.

The project has upgraded multiple sections of the gravel road to an 8m wide bitumen sealed road, made up of two 3m traffic lanes and two 1m sealed shoulders. This provides greater width for cattle loaded road trains to safety share the road with other vehicles. The project has also replaced guide posts, signs and depth indicators at floodways.

The works were delivered in 3 packages with overall construction completed in September 2019.

Following the completion of this project, the Clermont-Alpha Road, which is about 179km in length, has 105km sealed and 74km unsealed (about 40% unsealed).

More information about the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program

Contact details

Phone: 07 4651 2777 (during business hours Mon–Fri, 9am to 5pm)
Post: PO Box 3
Barcaldine QLD 4725

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Project map

Package 1—Construction Phase

Package 1 – Construction phase

Package 1 – Construction phase

Package 1 – Construction phase

Package 2—Construction Phase

Package 2 – Construction phase

Package 3—Construction Phase

Trucks performing sealing activity on Clermont Alpha Road

Last updated
10 November 2019