The $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Program is well underway as the sealing of key cattle supply routes commences on the Burke Developmental Road in North Queensland.
The upgrade of the Burke Developmental Road between Chillagoe and Almaden will be delivered in two stages.
Stage 1 involves 3.45km of progressive sealing works on unsealed sections of the road between Chillagoe and Almaden. Stage 2 will seal 1.8km of the road to further improve safety and productivity on this important supply route.
The program is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $5.97 million and the Queensland Government committing $1.49 million.
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said, “The Burke Developmental Road is a key route for cattle transport in northern Queensland, servicing a number of cattle producers in the region between Chillagoe and Almaden.”
Senator for Queensland, Susan McDonald, said once the project is completed, it will improve the efficiency of cattle supply chains by enhancing safety and reducing vehicle operating and maintenance costs.
“The bitumen seal will reduce the amount of loose stones that are propelled into passing vehicles and increase livestock welfare by lessening stress that can be caused by road roughness and dust generation,” Ms McDonald commented.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said local residents and businesses would benefit from the project.
“The extended sealing of the Burke Developmental Road will improve reliability, reducing road closures and load limits during the wet season,” Mr Bailey said.
Works are scheduled to be completed by December 2019, weather permitting.