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Ootann Road - Almaden to Kennedy Hwy - Gunnawarra - Progressive Sealing - Package One

Funding Program:Northern Australia Beef Roads Program
Status:Not started
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2018 - Late 2018
Estimated Project Cost:$830,000
Australian Government Contribution:$664,000
Local Council/Shire:Mareeba Shire Council,Tablelands Regional Council

Project Description

The Ootann Road provides a north-south link between the Burke Developmental Road, the Peninsula Developmental Road and the Kennedy Highway.  The majority of the road is unsealed and has a high proportion of heavy vehicle and livestock traffic, including Type 2 road trains.

This package involves progressive sealing of approximately 1.4 kilometres of the Ootann Road between Almanden to the Kennedy Highway. In conjunction with Package two, approximately 7.8 kilometres of the Ootann Road will be sealed.


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

  • improved productivity and travel times by sealing unsealed sections of road
  • improved accessibility for all road users
  • improved road safety by upgrading road quality
  • reduce damage and stress to livestock by increasing the sealed length of the link and reducing the overall roughness of the link
  • reduced road closures during the wet season
  • reduced whole-of-life asset management costs by strengthening and widening pavements to reduce accelerated road wear and damage by heavy vehicles


The Australian Government has committed up to $664,000 towards this $830,000 project. The Mareeba Shire Council and the Tablelands Regional Council will contribute 20 per cent of the total project cost.


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: 20/10/2017