The Cape York Region Package (CYRP) Sub-Working Group met in Cairns on the 25 February 2019.
Updates were provided on current progress of 2017 and 2018 Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) works including:
- Laura Racecourse to Little Laura (8.5km) – practical completion achieved in December 2017;
- Myall Creek to Rio Boundary (completed the remaining 4.3 of 8.8 km) practical completion achieved in June 2018;
- 10 Mile Creek (1.6 km) practical completion achieved on 5 September 2018;
- Piccaninny Black Soils (5.6 km) practical completion achieved 12 November 2018; and
- South of Duck Holes Creek (4.1 km) practical completion achieved on 30 November.
Updates were also provided on the two remaining 2018 PDR projects:
- Fairview West (part A) – RoadTek commenced work on – 6.4km in October 2018. 100% of the drainage works and 20% of the earthworks were completed prior to the project going into wet season suspension in January 2019. Works are expected to resume in May 2019, weather permitting. Practical Completion now programmed for late August 2019, weather permitting; and
- Telecom Tower to Archer River – 6.7km. Contract awarded to QH & M Birt on 4 January 2019. The project went into wet season suspension in January 2019 with works expected to resume in May 2019, weather permitting. Practical Completion is now programmed for late October 2019, weather permitting.
There was detailed discussion and updates on progress of the TCICA Projects noting the majority of projects were on track for delivery by June 2019, with a number already completed. NPARC, Wujal Wujal and Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council have sought an extension of time to complete their respective projects. Extensions of time for Wujal Wujal and Mapoon were subsequently endorsed by CYRP Project Board in February 2019 with NPARC extension of time to be considered at the May 2019 CYRP Board.
The Sub-Working Group agreed on the need for a clear socio-economic impact assessment of the Stage 1 package capturing the local and broader outcomes. The Sub-Working Group noted that now is an opportune time to engage deeply with community to identify and capture direct and indirect benefits observed and experienced by community, local government and other stakeholders as outcomes of the CYPR. TMR is currently finalising a brief to undertake the socio-economic impact assessment of the Stage 1 package.
The Sub-Working Group further noted that whilst some impacts would be immediately visible, there are likely to be further community, stakeholder and outlying industries benefits and outcomes as both direct and indirect results of the CYPR that emerge in future months and years throughout the Cape and, potentially, nationally.
Proposed future stages of the CYRP will improve connections for Weipa and Indigenous remote communities in Cape York to essential services, enabling the movement of freight, passengers and tourists to and from Cairns by continued progressive sealing of sections of the PDR, sections of Indigenous community access roads and sections of Telegraph Road (Weipa turnoff to Bamaga).
The Sub-Working Group supported the engagement of TCICA in discussions with TMR, supported by DATSIP, in relation to transport infrastructure priorities in development of future stages of the CYRP for federal: state funding consideration.
Some concerns regarding the timing of the federal budget and subsequent Tranche 2 funding approvals were raised, noting that a potential gap of projects in Cape York may affect the economic and operational development of construction businesses, training opportunities and subcontractors within the Region who have strengthened their capacity and gained momentum over the last 5 years with the delivery of the CYRP.
The CYRP Sub-Working Group recognised the significant contribution, cooperation and collaboration by local, state and federal government organisations in the development and delivery of the CYRP, and noted it as being a strong contributing factor for its success to date. Such collaboration and cooperation are noted as a principle that will be upheld by the Taskforce as and when future CYRP works are developed and delivered.
• Next Taskforce meeting – July 2019 – Cairns (TBC)
• Next Sub-Working Group meeting – 26 August 2019 – Cairns
• Next Taskforce meeting – 18 November 2019 – Cairns
Summary of PDR delivery to date
Status of the PDR delivery under the CYRP as at 31 December 2018.
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