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Clermont-Alpha Road: pave and seal project


This project will progressively pave and seal about 17km of the Clermont-Alpha Road, over multiple locations between Clermont and Alpha.


The project has been divided into 3 packages of work.

  • 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).

Mid 2019, weather permitting.

  • Package 1: Construction commenced in March 2018 and was completed in August 2018.
  • Package 2: Construction commenced on the initial section in September 2018. Works are ongoing with overall completion of this package expected in mid-2019.
  • Package 3: Construction started in March 2019 with completion expected in mid-2019, weather permitting.
  • Improved accessibility by sealing unsealed sections of road supporting high-productivity vehicles access.
  • 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 in wet unsealed pavements.
  • Reduced damage and stress to livestock by reducing road roughness and dust generation.
  • Reduced whole-of-life asset management costs.

Barcaldine Regional Council (Central West District packages).


$8.71 million jointly funded by the Australian Government ($6.968 million) and Queensland Government ($1.742 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 has been identified as a key strategic route supporting the economic development of the beef industry in central western Queensland. This project has an important role in unlocking the potential of the beef supply chain. It is also a key route supporting development in northern Australia.

As part of the Beef Roads Program, this project involves pavement construction and bitumen sealing of 17km of the Clermont-Alpha Road from a gravel road to an 8m bitumen seal on an 8m formation. Works are being undertaken in 3 packages with construction starting in March 2018. It is expected that the overall project will be completed in mid-2019, weather permitting.

The regional road is about 179km in length with 88km sealed and 91km unsealed (about 50% unsealed).

This latest sealing work will provide two 3m traffic lanes and two 1m sealed shoulders providing increased protection and width for cattle loaded road trains. The project is also delivering the replacement of existing road furniture including guide posts, signs and depth indicators.

Read more information about the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program.

Media release

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

Last updated
19 July 2019