Works on the 9.2km stretch of the Peninsula Developmental Road from Myall Creek to Rio Boundary will begin in the coming weeks after a contract was awarded to Far North company North Queensland Civil Engineering Contracting.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the sealing project, part of the $260.5 million Cape York Region Package, was an important step towards improving safety and connectivity for local communities, freight operators and tourists in the Cape York region.
“The Cape York Region Package is in its fourth year of delivery with more than 130 kilometres of road sealing delivered along the Peninsula Developmental Road with four more projects scheduled to start this dry season,” Mr Chester said.
Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Steven Miles said Weipa-based company North Queensland Civil Engineering Contracting was found the most suitable tenderer for the Myall Creek to Rio Boundary project, with their experience delivering projects in remote areas and employing Indigenous workers taken into account.
“The company has long standing experience delivering projects within the Cape York region and has recently delivered the 5 kilometre Little Laura to Fairview road sealing project, with Indigenous employees accounting for 94 per cent of work staff in October 2016,” Mr Miles said.
“This new project will seal another key section of the PDR, connecting remote Cape York communities and improving road safety and travel times for motorists, travellers and of course heavy vehicles.”
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