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Type 1 Road Train access to Rockhampton abattoirs: Rockhampton-Emu Park Road


As part of the Australian Government’s announcement of the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program, a further $20 million was committed by the Australian Government for Stage 2 of Type 1 Road Train access to Rockhampton abattoirs.

This package of work will include:

  • safety and capacity upgrades on the access route (Rockhampton-Emu Park Road) to the Rockhampton abattoirs
  • strengthening and widening of pavement including minor intersection upgrades between Goodsall Street and Thozet Road
  • replacement of Frenchmans Creek Bridge
  • widening of the Dorly Street intersection level crossing
  • installation of vehicle detection and monitoring technology.


  • Stage 1 – completed February 2017.
  • Stage 2 – commenced September 2019.

The $20 million funding will focus on delivering further improvements to the road network to provide for the future access of more freight efficient vehicles travelling to the North Rockhampton abattoirs.

Upgrade works will see benefits through:

  • reduced operational cost and transport time for industry
  • removal of cross–loading operations
  • reduced heavy vehicle traffic.

Vassallo Constructions


$20 million, Australian Government funding.

Central Region - Fitzroy District

Project info

The scope of works to be delivered with this additional commitment will include:

  • replacement of Frenchmans Creek Bridge
  • installation of Wide Centre Line Treatment and resurfacing on Lakes Creek Road between Goodsall Street to Thozet Road including minor intersection upgrades
  • installation of an east and westbound on-road cycle path
  • intersection upgrade at Thozet Road and Lakes Creek Road intersection
  • widening of St Christophers Chapel Road (completed in Jan 2019)
  • widening of the Dorly Street Rail Crossing
  • the installation of vehicle detection and monitoring technology.

The $10 million Queensland Government funding commitment delivered Stage 1 of the infrastructure upgrades required to facilitate access between Central Queensland Livestock Exchange and the abattoirs located in North Rockhampton.

Stage 1 was completed in February 2017 and infrastructure works included:

  • Moores Creek Road/Musgrave Street intersection upgrade
  • Queen Elizabeth Drive/Lakes Creek Road intersection upgrade.
  • Rockhampton-Emu Park Road/St Christopher's Chapel Road intersection upgrade—completed June 2017.

Administering access

Type 1 Road Train operators require a permit from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to travel directly to Rockhampton abattoirs. The conditions of the permit, including operating hours and route restrictions, have been established by TMR.

Operational conditions:

  • Type 1 road train access permits issued to operators will restrict operating hours to between 7pm and 7am, 7 days a week. Restricting operating hours to these times will reduce the overall impact on other road users, particularly during daytime peak traffic.
  • Operators will be directed as to the approved travel route through Rockhampton.

Operators can now apply for their 2020 Type 1 Road Train permit to access the North Rockhampton abattoirs from the NHVR online at The 2020 permit extends from 2 January 2020 to 18 December 2020.

Contact details

Phone: 07 4931 1500 (during business hours Monday — Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Community info

Last updated
06 February 2020