North Queensland sealing works begin

The sealing of key cattle supply routes in North Queensland continues, with works under way on the Burke Developmental Road between Chillagoe and Almaden.

Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said works were part of the $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Program and jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on a 80:20 basis.

“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,” Mr. McCormack said.

Queensland Senator Susan McDonald said the project 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 said.

The upgrade of the Burke Developmental Road will be delivered in two stages.

Stage one involves 3.45 kilometres of progressive sealing works on unsealed sections of the road between Chillagoe and Almaden.

Stage two will seal 1.8 kilometres of the road to further improve safety and productivity.

Works are scheduled to be completed by December 2019, weather permitting.

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