Extra funding for Northern Australia Beef Roads in QLD

Media Release

DC154/2016

24 October 2016

Joint release with:

Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

  • The Turnbull-Joyce government is committed to supporting the beef industry.
  • $56 million will be invested in key beef roads in Queensland.
  • 15 priority projects will be undertaken.

The Turnbull-Joyce government is supporting the Queensland cattle industry by undertaking targeted upgrades on roads essential to transportation of cattle, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

“The Australian Government has committed over $56 million toward targeted road upgrades and improvements, providing a welcome boost to the Queensland cattle industry,” Mr Chester said.

“This commitment will enable 15 projects to be delivered including $20 million towards the upgrade of the road between Gracemere saleyards and the Rockhampton abattoirs.

“Other projects range from sealing and road widening works that will help boost industry productivity, to increasing road reliability and safety on key routes in the cattle supply chain.

“The Beef Roads Programme recognises moving cattle from the farm gate to market involves some of the longest and most challenging land transport distances of any industry, anywhere in the world.

“I would like to thank Mr David Crombie Director of Australian Agricultural Company and Mr Troy Setter CEO of Consolidated Pastoral Company Pty Ltd for the role they played in helping identify priority projects.

“These proposals have also been modelled by the CSIRO's TraNSIT model to help identify which proposals delivered the greatest benefits to the northern Australian beef industry.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said the Australian Government was committed to realising the potential of northern Australia.

“The beef industry is the big winner from these investments. With beef prices at record levels, a bigger beef industry is a big part of developing Northern Australia,” Senator Canavan said.

“The upgraded roads will also provide benefits to all road users, including other agricultural industries and the freight sector more broadly.”

The Australian Government is investing up to $100 million in northern Australia under the Beef Roads Programme. The Queensland government is investing $19.19 million.

Note: The full list of Queensland projects is below.

Project NameProject DescriptionAG Contribution(up to)
Rockhampton Road Network—Road Train Access (Stage 2) Upgrading between Gracemere saleyards and the Rockhampton abattoirs to provide access for Type 1 Road Trains. $20.00 million
Burke Developmental Road—Chillagoe to Almaden (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $4.31 million
Burke Developmental Road—Chillagoe to Almaden (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $1.66 million
Clermont—Alpha Road (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $ 2.00 million
Clermont—Alpha Road (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $ 4.01 million
Clermont—Alpha Road (Package 3) Progressive sealing works. $0.96 million
Ootann Rd—Almaden to Kennedy Hwy (Gunnawarra) (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $0.66 million
Ootann Rd—Almaden to Kennedy Hwy (Gunnawarra) (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $4.10 million
Gregory Developmental Road (South of Charter Towers) Widening works. $4.63 million
Richmond-Croydon Road (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $3.20 million
Richmond-Croydon Road (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $0.96 million
Cloncurry—Dajarra Road Progressive sealing works. $2.58 million
Diamantina Developmental Road (Boulia—Dajarra) Rehabilitation and widening works. $4.03 million
Richmond—Winton Road (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $2.97 million
Richmond—Winton Road (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $0.80 million