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Case Study: Endeavour Valley Road

The Endeavour Valley Road is the only access to the remote community of Hope Vale and is a lifeline for the 1500 residents who live there. Until the works, it was Queensland's most heavily trafficked gravel road, and local residents and road users were forced to tolerate dust, potholes and isolation from essential services during the annual wet season. 

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Road works on the Endeavour Valley Road, Cape York Peninsula
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Staff working on the Endeavour Valley Road, Cape York Peninsula, connecting the Indigenous community of Hope Vale to Cooktown and beyond

We worked with the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council on the Endeavour Valley Road works to develop a key piece of infrastructure to improve accessibility to the community while also improving the technical capability of local crews. This included $4.5 million to seal the remaining section of Endeavour Valley Road between Cooktown and Hope Vale. 

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Work in progress Endeavour Valley Road upgrading 2018
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Final Seal Endeavour Valley Road

A Memorandum of Understanding was established between RoadTek, Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council and the department to allow the 11km road between Cooktown and Hopevale to be sealed. The Memorandum of Understanding focused on upskilling Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council's road construction and maintenance capability to a departmental prequalification level through training opportunities on the project.  

Stage 1 of the works was completed from October to December 2014 and Stage 2 followed in 2015.

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Endeavour Valley Road, seal work 2018
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Blending pavement gravel with a stabiliser on the Myall Creek to Rio Tinto Boundary(9.2km) section, east of Weipa