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Key cattle route gets upgrade in North QLD

  • Posted on Tuesday 9th, July 2019.

The Diamantina Development Road between Boulia and Dajarra has undergone 12 kilometres of widening and strengthening with the project now complete according to the Federal Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the jointly funded project was part of the Northern Australian Beef Roads Program.

“The Federal Government’s investment in Northern Australia Beef Roads is supporting the North’s development by specifically targeting high-priority roads such as the Diamantina Developmental Road, which is essential to the movement of people and freight,” he said.

The $100 million program supports North Queensland farming with the latest upgrade to infrastructure developed to reduce travel times and vehicle maintenance costs for the freight industry by improving the road surface and limiting dust.

“This project has also increased safety by allowing for safer overtaking opportunities for the numerous passenger vehicles, caravans, cattle freight and road trains that use the road,” said Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

“This is about supporting locals, visitors, Queensland’s $5 billion cattle industry and the beef processing sector, which alone supports 18,000 jobs,” he said.

The project had rehabilitated and widened the existing pavement and addressed deficiencies on the road.

Approximately 12 kilometres of narrow single-lane to a six-metre wide sealed surface has been upgraded which is expected to improve productivity, resilience and safety on the Boulia to Dajarra section according to Queensland Senator Susan McDonald.

“It’s estimated that the Diamantina Developmental Road currently carries around 2,600 cattle trailers every year and the upgrade will reduce transport costs for this important industry.”

The Diamantina Developmental Road (Boulia – Dajarra) Rehabilitation and Widening project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $4.03 million and the Queensland Government committing $1 million.

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