27 May 2024

PDR upgrade to be put in spotlight at 30 May Cairns forum

| Lyndon Keane
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The Cape York Region Package Taskforce will hold an open forum in Cairns on 30 May seeking community feedback on the Peninsula Developmental Road upgrade, including work on the new Archer River bridge. Photo: Cape York Weekly.

The Cape York Region Package (CYRP) taskforce will hold an open forum in Cairns on 30 May to obtain community feedback on the continuing upgrade of the Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR).

The forum has been scheduled to coincide with the Torres and Cape Indigenous Council Alliance (TCICA) board meeting the day before, which will allow mayors and chief executives to attend and provide input from their representative communities.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tropical North chief executive officer Sonja Johnson said stage two of the CYRP would be the focus of the forum.

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“The community will hear an update on the stage two upgrade of the PDR, the new Archer River Bridge, work on community access roads, and the future stages of the $237.5 million upgrade,” she said.

Cape York Weekly understands from several government sources stage two of the high-profile project has suffered a cost blowout in the vicinity of tens of millions of dollars to date, however, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would not confirm this.

CYRP taskforce co-chairs Professor Hurriyet Babacan and Professor Allan Dale will join representatives from the State Government for the open forum, which will be held in the civic reception room at Cairns Regional Council, 119-145 Spence Street, from 10:15am-12pm on Thursday.

For more information, or to register your attendance, email [email protected].

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