10 May 2023

Slow going: TMR tardy to fix Cape York's main road

| Matt Nicholls
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This bog hole, located 17km north of Hann River Roadhouse, has taken a few scalps this year. Locals want TMR to patch up the worst parts of the PDR.

FRUSTRATED Cape York locals and eager tourists are disappointed with the lack of urgency to get the Peninsula Developmental Road back in top condition after the wet season.

There’s been little activity on the region’s arterial highway, with grading starting last week, although there are still a large number of washouts between Coen and the Aurukun turn-off.

“We’re into the second week of May and TMR (Department of Transport and Main Roads) haven’t been sighted,” said Weipa resident Luke McDonald.

“I understand that we had a big wet season, which is all the more reason to be rushing to get the road fixed because it will probably take longer this year.

“The road isn’t too bad but the washouts are horrible and dangerous if you aren’t paying attention.

“The word is TMR is trying to save money this year, but this is our main road. The whole Cape relies on the PDR.”

Cape York Weekly has asked for an interview with Mark Bailey, the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, while he is in the Far North this week for parliament.

There are also concerns about the Archer River project, with one contractor from 2022 not returning this year.

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