• Funding program Northern Australia Beef Roads Program
  • Status Completed
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Late 2019 - Early 2021
  • Estimated project cost $30,000,000
  • Australian Government contribution $20,000,000
  • Local Council/Shire Rockhampton Regional Council
  • State QLD

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 29km 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
  • Improved road safety by widening pavement widths to appropriate standards
  • Improved reliability and efficiency of cattle movements from Central Queensland to the Rockhampton abattoirs (including reduced need for cross loading)


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


Construction commenced in November 2019 and completed in early 2021.

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