​​​Great Northern Highway - Maggie Creek to Wyndham

  • Great Northern Highway upgraded between Maggie Creek and Wyndham
  • Road works completed in July 2019
  • The project provided increased employment opportunities and a more reliable road network for the East Kimberley region

Overview

 Maggie Creek to Wyndham

  • Reconstruction and realignment of the nearly six kilometres of highway known as ‘Maggie’s Jump Up’, including construction of a northbound passing lane
  • Reconstruction of 22 kilometres of highway from Maggie Creek to the Wyndham townsite, as well as drainage improvements

Roads to Recovery program – Weaber Plain Road bridge replacement

  • Replacement of the bridge on Weaber Plain Road (over the D4 drain near Carlton Hill Road) to increase its load carrying capacity

Project update

All road works along Great Northern Highway from Maggie’s Creek to Wyndham and bridge works on Weaber Plain Road are complete.

Aboriginal Participation

Aboriginal engagement and participation was a major focus for the project team. We worked closely with Aboriginal communities and industry contractors to create job opportunities and provide a culturally-sensitive working environment. During delivery of the project, unprecedented Aboriginal participation rates were achieved. An average of 33 per cent (29 per cent local, 4 per cent non-local) of the onsite workforce were Aboriginal and 14 per cent of contract spend went to Aboriginal businesses.

The project provided a training ground for many Aboriginal workers to enter the road construction industry and gain valuable skills and experience including the Wyndham Work Camp re-entry program that facilitated on-the-job training for inmates. Five Aboriginal ex-inmates released on parole from the Camp have now secured full time employment within the road construction industry, three on the Great Northern Highway Upgrade - Ord River North project that recently commenced.

The project team’s achievements in Aboriginal engagement and participation were recently recognised winning the Institute of Public Administration Australia Award for Best Practice in Corporate Social Values.  

 

Video: Aboriginal engagement and participation

Timeline

  • Construction start - April 2018
  • Construction shut down for 2018/19 wet season - December 2018
  • Construction completed – July 2019

 

 

 Image: Locality map

Benefits

  • Improved road safety and access
  • Increased productivity, freight reliability and efficiency for the transport industry
  • Increased employment and business opportunities for the Kimberley region and local Aboriginal people and businesses
  • Improved access between Kununurra and agricultural and farming properties north of Bridge No. 5116 on Weaber Plain Road

Funding

 Jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments.

The contract also includes the replacement of the bridge on Weaber Plain Road near Carlton Hill Road, funded under the Road to Recovery program.

Last Updated: 28 August 2019