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Rockhampton Road Network - Road Train Access

Funding Program:Northern Australia Beef Roads Program
Status:Not started
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2018 - Late 2018
Estimated Project Cost:$30,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$20,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Rockhampton Regional Council

Project Description

The project will upgrade the capacity and accessibility of the major supply route between Gracemere and the Rockhampton abattoirs, providing a high level of benefits to the northern Queensland beef industry.

Approximately 29 kilometres of the cattle haulage route will be upgraded to provide access for Type 1 Road Trains.  The roads to be upgraded include the Capricorn Highway, Bruce Highway, the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road and the Rockhampton-Emu Park Road.


The project will deliver the following improvements to the cattle supply chain:

  • remove the requirement for road trains travelling between Gracemere saleyards and the Rockhampton abattoirs to breakdown prior to entering Rockhampton from the Capricorn Highway
  • reduce the need for heavy vehicle operators to perform 'crossloading' activities
  • improve road safety by widening pavement widths to appropriate standards


The Australian Government has committed up to $20 million towards this $30 million project.


Construction is expected to commence in early-2018, noting that the project is still in the early stages of development and the above project timelines are subject to change.

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Project details last updated: 10/02/2017