Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

First Road 'Beefed Up' in Queensland's North West

Media Release

MM242/2018

19 December 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads
State Member for Miller

The Hon Scott Buchholz MP

Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport
Federal Member for Wright

Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Senator for Queensland

The first North West Queensland project to be delivered under the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program (NABRP) is done and dusted, with sealing works now complete on a section of the Cloncurry–Dajarra Road.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $3.22 million sealing works are an important step in unlocking growth for Northern Australia's livestock industry.

“The $100 million Beef Roads Program recognises the positive impact of the beef industry on economic growth and creates potential for greater expansion through more efficient freight links,” Mr McCormack said.

Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport Scott Buchholz said graziers faced real challenges with transporting cattle to market.

“By providing targeted upgrades to key routes, we are alleviating some of those pressures, securing the future success of the industry and supporting economic development across Northern Australia,” Mr Buchholz said.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the sealing works on the Cloncurry-Dajarra Road would improve the resilience of cattle supply chains while improving safety and reducing travel times.

“These works will significantly improve the reliability of the road in wet weather and reduce road roughness, dust and flying rock. These are important considerations when it comes to hauling livestock throughout different times of the year,” Senator Canavan said.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the mining industry would also benefit from the progressive sealing and widening of this section of the link.

“With these upgrades, vehicle and road maintenance costs will be reduced and drivers will be able to overtake slow-moving vehicles more safely,” Mr Bailey said.

An average of 10 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the overall Cloncurry–Dajarra Road project.

The Australian Government contributed $2.58 million towards the project, while the Queensland Government contributed $640,000.