Works will begin soon on sealing another section of the Peninsula Development Road (PDR) following the announcement of the successful tenderer for the project.
Weipa-based NQ Civil Engineering Contracting has been awarded the contract to seal seal 4.6km of the PDR between Little Laura and Fairview.
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said this was a continuation of major works designed to improve the ability of locals, freight transport operators and tourists to access Cape York.
“Sealing works like these will literally pave the way for better regional economic outcomes in Cape York, well into the future,” he said.
Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt said the PDR sealing projects provide welcome employment opportunities across the remote region.
“These projects have been an enormously successful employer in some of the most remote and disadvantaged regions of Cape York,” Mr Pitt said.
“Regional businesses have had sub-contracting opportunities and the on-the-job-training across a range of skills and positions has been invaluable for the local indigenous and non-indigenous workers who’ve gained employment.
“An average of 180 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the four projects awarded this year.”
The $260.5 million Cape York Region Package is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $208.4 million and the Queensland Government providing $52.1 million.