The Cape York Region Package (CYRP) Taskforce met on the 11th of December 2017 in Cairns, welcoming the attendance by the Hon Warren Entsch MP, Member for Leichhardt.
The last Taskforce meeting was held in Coen in July 2017, with the Sub Working Group meeting held in May 2017. Both groups continue to support and provide input and feedback to the Cape York Region Package (CYRP) into its final phase of delivery, and promote the need for further funding to complete sealing of the Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) in a reasonable timeframe. The $260.5M CYRP package is due for completion by June 2019, with the final works packages on the PDR to commence construction in 2018.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) provided an update of progress on delivery of 2016 PDR projects, now all at practical completion, and the status of the four 2017 PDR projects. Refer to tables below.
Design work has been completed for three 2018 PDR projects, with tenders to be released in 2018 for:
- Telecom Tower to Archer River – 6.7km
- Piccaninny Black Soil – 5.6km (tender released 2 February 2018)
- Fairview West (part A) – 6.4km
Interest was expressed in tracking PDR project specific expenditure to date, whereby TMR advised overall project allocations are outlined in QTRIP and, should any savings be realised, they would be reinvested in further PDR upgrades. The key message from TMR is the remaining approved program of PDR projects are on track for delivery by June 2019, noting also the strong performance of contractors to date in achieving the Key Result Areas relating to Indigenous and Non-Indigenous training and employment, building Indigenous business capability and local industry participation.
The CIMA (Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance – now established as the Torres Cape Indigenous Councils Alliance – TCICA) program of works in Cape communities is also well progressed. A number of community infrastructure projects have been completed under budget and ahead of schedule, with Federal and State Government approval obtained to reinvest savings in other priority Indigenous community infrastructure. Detailed updates are provided below.
Other matters discussed:
- The importance of building a CYRP business case demonstrating the significant economic and wider benefits of the current CYRP to inform efforts to secure further funding were discussed to:
- complete the seal of the PDR to Weipa, and
- progressively seal sections of Telegraph Road (PDR/ Northern Peninsula Road turn-off to Seisia).
- The Hon Warren Entsch MP, reiterated his support for future investment to deliver this critical economic and socially-enabling infrastructure to the Cape – for the benefit of Cape and Torres communities and the regional economy.
- Cross-agency and stakeholder group support and interest was expressed in taking forward the development of a West Cape York economic strategy or blueprint to maximize the opportunities presented by the sealing of the PDR and manage impacts from increased tourism and other traffic.
- Maintenance of the PDR was a key issue with significant deterioration in some areas of the road impacting on locals, business, industry and tourists which flagged the broader issue of sufficiency of funding for road maintenance in the long-term, and further reinforced the benefits of fully sealing the PDR.
- In relation to the PDR Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA), the Cape York Land Council and TMR noted the regular, positive and productive meetings of the ILUA Project Committee in resolving any emerging issues and tracking progress of delivering the Indigenous Economic Opportunities Plan.
- The non-government Taskforce members supported the revised Terms of Reference and CYRP for the Taskforce and the Sub-Working Group – which will now be considered by the CYRP Board (the government agency governance mechanism).
- Next SWG meeting – 22 March 2018 – Cairns
- Next Taskforce meeting – 1 June 2018 – Weipa (Tentative)
Update on 2016 PDR Projects
|Coen South||Koppens Developments||22.0 km||Practical completion reached 31 October 2017.|
|Archer to Wolverton||Robinson Civil Group||13.6 km||Practical Completion 19 September 2017.|
|Musgrave||RoadTek||12.3 km||Practical completion reached Dec 2016.|
|Little Laura to Fairview||NQCEC||5.1 km||Practical completion reached Dec 2016.|
Update on 2017 PDR Projects
|Myall Creek to Rio Boundary||NQCEC (14/7/17)||8.8 km||
|South of Duck Holes Creek||Bama Civil (10/11/17)||4.1 km||
|10 Mile Creek||Bama Civil (29/9/17)||1.6 km||
|Laura Racecourse to Little Laura||RoadTek (July 2017)||8.5 km||
Update on TCICA Indigenous Community Infrastructure Projects
|1. Aurukun||$8.80m||Access road – drainage and sealing||Works to begin again after wet season in 2018.|
|2. Kowanyama||$14.70m||Topsy Creek – barge ramp, road upgrade, access road drainage and sealing||Tenders to be called in March 2018. Works to begin in July 2018.|
|3. Lockhart River||$5.80m||Replace bridge||In design.|
|4. Mapoon||$3.1m||Roads, drainage and airport sealing||Works to begin again after wet season in 2018.|
||TMR seeking further advice, due to recent staff changes at Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council.|
|6. Nthn Peninsula Area||$7.50m||
|7. Wujal Wujal||$2.00m||Water, solid waste facility and boat ramp||Boat ramp and water treatment plant complete. Works on waster transfer station upgrade will begin after July 2018.|
|8. Pormpuraaw||$4.10m||Access road – drainage||Completed.|
Summary of PDR delivery to date
|Calendar Year||Total Kms sealed||Packages of works|
|144 km||Total km sealed under CYRP to December 2017|
Assuming completion of 2017 projects and 2018 projects
|173 km||Total PDR km proposed be sealed under CYRP by June 2019|
RDA FNQ&TS – Jann Crase – firstname.lastname@example.org – 0458 388 080
TMR Cairns – email@example.com – 1800 184 317
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