• Funding program Investment Road and Rail Program
  • Status In planning
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Late 2023 - Early 2025
  • Estimated project cost $4,080,000
  • Australian Government contribution $3,264,000
  • Local Council/Shire Tablelands Regional Council
  • State QLD

Project description

The project will upgrade the final section of gravel on the Ootann Road within the Tablelands Regional Council Local Government Area. Works will include localised realignments and approximately four kilometres of sealing.

The Ootann Road is an important freight link that is mostly unsealed and narrow. Unreliable access for road trains creates lengthy detours across winding mountainous routes, adding over 250 kilometres per trip. Led by Tablelands Regional Council, this project will provide a more efficient, resilient and safer freight system, facilitate economic expansion in the region, and significantly reduce travel time for heavy vehicles.

This project, part of the Cairns to Northern Territory Border corridor, will extend existing sealed sections of the road and raise its standard to a 9-metre-wide two lane seal, enabling better heavy vehicle access and delivering a strategic link between Northern Australian industry and southern markets.


Improved road safety for all road users, improved efficiency and network reliability, improved freight productivity and access to freight gateways and reduced congestion and improved travel times.


Total funding of $4.08 million (Australian Government commitment $3.26 million, Tablelands Regional Council contribution $0.82 million).


This project is expected to commence construction in early 2024 and be completed by early 2025.

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