Burke Developmental Road (Normanton – Dimbulah), pave and seal

The Burke Developmental Road will have up to 24km of road progressively sealed to an 8m width between Normanton and Dimbulah.

The Burke Developmental Road connects Normanton to Kowanyama, linking the communities of the gulf region to north and north west Queensland.

The Burke Developmental Road is a link for the gulf communities, providing access to essential services and supplies from major regional centres located in eastern Queensland, as well as providing connections to the broader national road network such as the Barkly and Flinders Highways.

The works will be delivered by Carpentaria Shire Council as part of the Australian Government Shovel Ready Infrastructure Investment Program, designed to support the economy during COVID-19.


  • Improves safety
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better road access
  • Improves ride quality
  • Reduces maintenance
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Improves flood immunity

Key features

  • Sealed road surface of 8m width.
  • Improved reliability and efficiency of freight movements. 
  • Improved safety conditions for all road users.


The Australian and Queensland governments have committed $14 million on an 80:20 basis. Investment ID 1692812.

Total investment
$14 million
Australian Government
$11.2 million
Queensland Government
$2.8 million

Current status

Works have begun and are progressing, construction and weather conditions permitting.

Burke Developmental Road project map