The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has received a partnership award for its work as part of the Peninsula Developmental Rd upgrades.
TMR was recognised at the recent 2016 Queensland Reconciliation Award celebrations.
“This is an excellent achievement for TMR and I would like to congratulate my department on receiving such a significant award as part of Reconciliation Week,” Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.
“The award was given in recognition of the Peninsula Developmental Road Priority Agreement – a great example of partnerships between local indigenous communities and businesses to deliver a great outcome for Queensland.
“The Peninsula Developmental Rd is a $260 million project to improve travel times and flood mitigation for infrastructure in the Cape.”
He said this investment had gone a long way in supporting local communities, with almost 25 percent of the contract work awarded to Indigenous businesses.
“Through our roads commitment in North Queensland, TMR have the opportunity to support economic development and create jobs, especially in indigenous communities,” Mr Bailey said.
“In addition to this, the skills and training gained during construction will offer long-term employment opportunities for those involved.
“I would like to especially thank the project team for their contributions to this worthwhile project and acknowledge the work of TMR’s community partners Cape York Land Council and relevant traditional owners.”