Indigenous company to help deliver Cape York road project

Media Release

DC299/2017

06 October 2017

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Indigenous company Bama Civil has won a contract to seal a 1.65-kilometre stretch of the Peninsula Developmental Road at Ten Mile Creek.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the work was part of the Australian and Queensland Government-funded $260.5 million Cape York Region Package, which was upgrading critical infrastructure on the Cape York Peninsula.

“The Cape York Region Package will give remote communities more reliable access during the wet season and safer, quicker trips during the dry season, which means improved freight and tourism access for local communities, as well as lower ongoing road maintenance costs,” Mr Chester said.

“It will also open up the region to more employment, training and business development opportunities.

“Bama Civil received invaluable training and experience in culvert and road construction while subcontracting to RoadTek on the South of Moorehead project in 2015 and the South of Musgrave project in 2016. Now they have been awarded a contract in their own right.

“This is a good outcome, demonstrating how upskilling the local workforce can have far reaching benefits for regional Queensland and the Cape York community.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Cape York Region Package included a $200 million works program to progressively seal sections of the Peninsula Developmental Road from Laura North to Weipa.

“The package also includes $10 million over four years for sealing works on the Endeavour Valley Road through to Hope Vale and $50.5 million for priority community infrastructure works identified by the Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance,” Mr Bailey said.

“Weather permitting, by the end of next month more than 130 kilometres of the Peninsula Developmental Road will be sealed, while 120 direct jobs will be supported throughout the five-year CYRP PDR projects.

“Importantly, this project is supporting jobs for local people, building capacity and leading to a longer term boost to the region and its economy.”

Works on the Cape York Region Package started in July 2014 and are due for completion in mid-2019. The Australian Government has committed

$208.4 million toward the Cape York Region Package, with the Queensland Government committing $52.1 million. For more information on the Australian Government's $75 billion infrastructure investment, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/