Mr ENTSCH: I rise to speak about a game-changing project in my electorate that was announced last week. The Cairns Shipping Development Project represents a key economic driver not only for Cairns and Far North Queensland but for all of northern Australia. The project will support 195 full-time jobs during construction and create a further…
Peninsula Development Road
I remain firmly committed to ensuring the entire length of the Peninsula Development Road is sealed.
Stage one works along the first 320 kilometres of the Peninsula Development Road is due to be completed this year.
I worked tirelessly to secure the $208.4 million in federal funds needed towards the total $260.5 million cost of delivering stage one of this important project.
This project has been a one of many firsts.
It has provided widespread employment and training opportunities for many indigenous people and businesses throughout Cape York.
It has also improved access to Cape York for freight, tourists and other road users – it has literally opened up the region to the world.
But more still needs to be done.
The design work and final costing for the remaining 200km to the Weipa turnoff is nearly complete, this includes crossings at the Laura and Archer Rivers.
I am also working to ensure the remaining 40km section from the Weipa turnoff into town is sealed.
Furthermore, I have requested pre-costings to seal the road from the Weipa turnoff to the Seisia Wharf – which will include a bridge over the Jardine River.
Watch this space – a big announcement is on the horizon.