The Broome Cape Leveque Road project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($52.53 million) and the Western Australian Government ($13.13 million). The road provides safe and year-round access to residents on the Dampier Peninsula, including the communities of Beagle Bay, Lombadina, Ardyaloon and Djarindjin.
The Kimberley Development Commission and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet is coordinating an all-of-government approach to maximise the social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal businesses and communities on the Dampier Peninsula, as well as mitigate the impacts of increased visitors to what is a culturally and environmentally sensitive area.
A 90-kilometre upgrade of Broome Cape Leveque Road was completed in late 2020 providing Peninsula locals and travellers all-weather access from Broome to Ardyaloon. In November 2020, the Federal Minister and Member for Durack Melissa Price, State Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti and Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer, officially opened the road. The project was seen as a great success, with 54 per cent of all hours worked on the project delivered by Aboriginal people.
Main Roads has commenced upgrading the 13.6-kilometre section from Broome Highway to Manari Road. This project also includes the construction of an information bay and roundabout at the Broome Highway intersection.
The Dampier Peninsula road has been sealed in order to realise the potential for increased social and economic development on the Dampier Peninsula, as well as improved safety. This includes a growing focus on tourism, recreation, aquaculture and proposed new land uses such as timber production, oil and gas support facilities, bush foods/medicines/goods and cultural tourism.
In 2015 the Dampier Peninsula Planning Strategy was published which details a 25-year strategic planning framework for the area. The plan set out to define a vision for future economic development and identify guiding principles. This includes a strategic land use plan and works to ensure that the interests of Aboriginal and other cultural heritage are appropriately identified in development decisions.
The Project involves more than a dozen local, State and Commonwealth Government agencies and is a significant initiative to provide value to the area’s growing population, economic development potential and tourism opportunities, while protecting its important cultural and environmental heritage.
For program updates and media click here or see Dampier Peninsular Planning Strategy report: and Joint Media release for the opening of the Dampier Peninsula road.