Dec 19, 2019

Tenders out for latest Cape York road package

Tenders out for latest Cape York road package

Sealing works on Cape York’s Peninsula Developmental Road are set to keep rolling with tenders open for a new project north of Laura.

The $23.84 million, 11.2km Kennedy to Rocky Creek project will be delivered as part of the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance Cooktown to Weipa Corridor.

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the new sealing project would maintain the momentum of the current Cape York Region Package.

“The current Cape York Region Package has already delivered 173km over 18 sections between Laura and the Rio Tinto Boundary, south of Weipa,” Mr Entsch said.

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.

“Each sealed section has improved connectivity between communities, accessibility to essential services and significantly improved access to Cape York for freight, tourists and other road users.

“It has literally opened up the region to the world but more importantly, improved the way of life for countless Cape York residents.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said PDR sealing projects had employed more than 321 Indigenous personnel and more than $42 million worth of work was completed by Indigenous businesses.

“New sealing projects like this will build on the achievements generated through the initial $276 million, five-year CYRP and continue to support community and economic growth for generations to come,” Mr Bailey said.

“This second package of works will continue to deliver employment, training and economic opportunity for the people of Cape York.”

Tenders for the Rocky Creek project can be submitted at hpw.qld.gov.au/bas/etender/

Tenders close on February 4, 2020 with award of tenders expected in April.

The project will then enter into wet season suspension with construction expected to start late May, weather permitting.

The $237.5 million Cooktown to Weipa ROSI Corridor is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $190 million and the Queensland Government contributing $47.5 million.

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