The Australian Government has unlocked federal funding to the tune of $38 million toward the $47.5 million Cape York Community Access Roads project.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the funding from the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) program would deliver 13 packages of work to pave and seal five community access roads, as well as delivering signage and line-marking works.
“Getting cracking on federal funding approvals means our $38 million commitment is ready to flow and deliver boots on the ground,” Mr McCormack said.
“The Australian Government understands the importance of reducing wet-season closures on the Peninsula Development Road – the main arterial connection linking Cape York communities to the rest of Australia – which is why we are delivering this funding as part of our $190 million commitment to the Roads of Strategic Importance corridor upgrade between Cooktown and Weipa.”
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the works would build on the recently completed $276 million Cape York Region Package.
“As part of the Cape York Region Package, we delivered over 170km of road upgrades and sealing,” Mr Entsch said.
“Roads to be upgraded under the Cape York Community Access Roads project works include Jardine Ferry Rd, Portland Rd, Lockhart River Rd, Aurukun Rd and Pormpuraaw Rd.”
The Australian Government has committed $38 million and the Queensland Government $9.5 million toward the $47.5 million Cape York Community Access Roads project.
The works are part of the $237.5 million Roads of Strategic Importance – Cooktown to Weipa Corridor Upgrade, to which the Australian Government has committed $190 million and the Queensland Government $47.5 million.