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Burke Developmental Road - Chillagoe to Almaden - Progressive Sealing - Package One

Funding Program:Northern Australia Beef Roads Program
Status:Not started
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2019 - Late 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$5,390,000
Australian Government Contribution:$4,310,000
Local Council/Shire:Tablelands Regional Council

Project Description

The Burke Developmental Road is a key route for cattle transportation in northern Queensland, servicing a number of cattle producers in the region between Chillagoe to Almaden.

This package involves approximately 5.2 kilometres of progressive sealing works on unsealed sections of the Burke Developmental Road between Chillagoe to Almaden. In conjunction with Package two, a total of 7 kilometres of the Road will be sealed to improve safety and productivity in the region.


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

  • improved productivity and travel times by sealing unsealed sections of road, resulting in higher travel speeds and reduced transport costs
  • reduced damage and stress to livestock by reducing road roughness and dust generation
  • improved road safety
  • improved route reliability and reduced road closures during the wet season
    reduced whole-of-life asset management costs


The Australian Government has committed up to $4.3 million towards this $5.4 million project.


Construction is expected to commence in early 2019, and be completed in late 2019, weather permitting.

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Project details last updated: 10/07/2018