The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) received a Partnership Award at the 2016 Queensland Reconciliation Awards for their work as part of the $260 million Peninsula Development Road upgrades.
The award was given to TMR and Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation for the Peninsula Developmental Road Priority Agreement, which Queensland Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said was a great example of partnerships between local indigenous communities and business in delivering outcomes for the state.
Almost 25 per cent of the contract work was awarded to Indigenous businesses.
“This is an excellent achievement for TMR and I would like to congratulate my department on receiving such a significant award as part of Reconciliation week,” Mr. Bailey said in a statement.
“Through our roads commitment in North Queensland, TMR have the opportunity to support economic development and create jobs, especially in indigenous communities.
“I would like to especially thank the project team for their contributions to this worthwhile project and acknowledge the work of TMR’s community partners Cape York Land Council and relevant Traditional Owners,” he said.