The Federal Labor Government will provide up to $210 million to upgrade roads and essential community infrastructure including power and sewerage in the Cape York region of Far North Queensland.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese said this is a significant investment in the Far North and would help unlock future economic opportunities.
“There is significant economic activity in the Cape York region. However, a lack of vital infrastructure means that many Indigenous communities are unable to take advantage of the opportunities this activity brings,” he said.
“This investment is about putting in place good infrastructure that will unlock the region’s full potential. This will improve accessibility to the Cape York region, create new jobs and support mining and tourism in the area.”
The funding will deliver:
- Upgrades to the road between Mapoon and Weipa and the road connecting Aurukun to the Peninsula Development Road to an all-weather standard;
- Improvements to the Jardine River crossing;
- The redevelopment of the Seisia Wharf;
- Improvements to the raw water pipeline from Bamaga to Seisia; and
- Small scale improvements to community drainage.
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