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The Commonwealth Government have approved thirty-one of the thirty-seven projects committed to under the government’s $700 million Northern Australia roads programs. The major infrastructure development will support increased travel and trade and ensure growing prosperity for the North Queensland region. Construction on upgrades to the Kennedy Developmental Road in Queensland has already been completed.

Roads and highways across Queensland are being upgraded including the:

  • Kennedy Developmental Road (one further project – Queensland)
  • Flinders Highway (two projects – Queensland)
  • Richmond to Croydon Road (two projects – Queensland)
  • Ootann Road (two projects – Queensland)
  • Cloncurry to Dajarra (Queensland)
  • Clermont to Alpha Road (Queensland)

A further eight projects are expected to start by the end of the year including:

  • Richmond to Winton Road (two projects – Queensland)
  • Clermont to Alpha Road (one further project – Queensland)
  • Diamantina Developmental Road (Queensland)
  • Capricorn Highway (Rockhampton – Duaringa) (Queensland)

The Commonwealth has committed further funding of $1.5 billion for the Roads of Strategic Importance – Northern Australia package announced in Budget 2018–19. The package aims to upgrade key roads across the north to improve reliability, producers’ access to markets and communities’ access to services.

The 2018 Budget also included a further $160 million to seal and widen sections of the Outback Way, which links Winton in Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia, via the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. This takes the total Commonwealth Government commitment to $330 million.

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