Cape York Region Package

Cape York Region Package was a 5-year (2014-15 to 2018-19) $276 million program of works jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments to upgrade critical infrastructure on Cape York Peninsula.

The Cape York Region Package consisted of 3 sub-programs:

  • Peninsula Developmental Road 
  • Endeavour Valley Road sealing works 
  • Indigenous community infrastructure work.


  • Better road access
  • Contributes to economy
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces maintenance

Key features

Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) A $215.5 million program of works to seal 173km of the 527km PDR between Laura and the Rio Tinto boundary, south of Weipa.  

Now the program is complete, only 200km of the PDR remains unsealed. 

Cape York Peninsula

Peninsula development

Endeavour Valley Road sealing works 
$10 million over 4 years to seal on sections of the Endeavour Valley Road between Cooktown and Hope Vale. The works provided jobs and training opportunities to local communities and Indigenous groups.  

Indigenous community infrastructure work
$50.5 million of community infrastructure works selected by representatives from each of the relevant Indigenous local government council areas through the Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance (formerly the Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance). Projects involved upgrades and improvements to key infrastructure—roads, barge and boat ramps, water and sewerage treatment plants—in remote Indigenous local government council areas in Cape York. 

We completed projects in: 

  • Aurukun
  • Kowanyama
  • Lockhart River
  • Mapoon
  • Napranum
  • Northern Peninsula area
  • Pormpuraaw
  • Wujal Wujal.


Total investment
$276 million
Australian Government
$223.9 million
Queensland Government
$52.1 million

All works on the PDR were carried out under an agreement between the Queensland Government and traditional owners, the Peninsula Developmental Road Indigenous land use agreement (ILUA). The ILUA sets out key result areas (KRAs) relating to economic opportunities, training and local industry participation, which were built into all construction contracts. The KRAs have facilitated unprecedented local access to employment opportunities, training and business development in civil construction and cultural heritage which, over the life of the PDR program, resulted in:

  • 84 Indigenous trainees in civil construction who commenced or completed nationally recognised competencies for different civil construction equipment and machinery
  • 152,000 hours of Indigenous training and employment
  • 321 Indigenous workers employed to deliver works on the PDR
  • 108 local traditional owners employed to provide over 10,000 hours of cultural heritage monitoring
  • 19 local Indigenous businesses engaged to work in civil construction, vegetation and road maintenance works
  • $42.6 million worth of work completed by Indigenous businesses
  • $84 million spent on local Cape York businesses.