Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

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

Funding Program:Northern Australia Beef Roads Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2019 - Late 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$5,120,000
Australian Government Contribution:$4,100,000
Local Council/Shire:Mareeba Shire Council,Tablelands Regional Council

Project Description

The Ootann Road is a north-south link between the Burke Developmental Road, the Peninsula Developmental Road and the Kennedy Highway, servicing a number of cattle grazing and production areas in northern Queensland.

This package involves progressive sealing of approximately 6.4km of the Ootann Road between Almanden to the Kennedy Highway. In conjunction with Package one, approximately 7.8km 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 $4.1 million towards this $5.12 million project.  The Mareeba Shire Council and the Tablelands Regional Council will contribute 20 per cent of the total project cost.


Construction commenced in May 2019 and was completed in September 2019.

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Project details last updated: 14/10/2019