Significant road works are set to begin this week on the Peninsula Developmental Road, covering more than 29 kilometres of the Cape York Peninsula.
The works form part of the $260 million Cape York Region Package which is jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland governments.
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, made the announcement this week in conjunction with Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey.
“As well, CMC has indicated it intends to use a significant number of sub-contractors local to the Cape region. This is good news and supports our commitment to finding ways to help ‘close the gap’ and actively promote building capability in Cape York,” Truss said.
The project hopes to improve accessibility to the Cape York Peninsula with an expected 91 direct jobs and employment and training opportunities for indigenous employees.
Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey, acclaimed the boost as critical for infrastructure in the region.
“This project represents a significant investment in Cape York's road infrastructure and importantly will support tourism and local jobs. With construction starting this week, works will be fast-tracked to seek to ensure completion before the wet season,” Bailey said.
Another three Peninsula Development Road projects are planned for this year—two between Laura and Coen and another between Coen and Weipa, with around 34 kilometres of the Peninsula Developmental Road sealed last year.
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