Palmerston Highway & Millaa Millaa-Malanda Road slope stabilisation

Civil, Infrastructure









In the wake of Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and Cyclone Oswald in 2013, Pensar was engaged to provide remediation works on the Palmerston Highway & Millaa Millaa-Malanda Road. Pensar was awarded the contract under the Transport Network Reconstruction Program—the Queensland Government initiative committed to rebuilding flood-damaged roadways.

The project involved the remediation of some 2 km of cyclone-damaged embankments and roadways, over several sites along the main arterial road between Innisfail, Ravenshoe and Atherton. Minimising impact on motorists and the local community required extensive planning and coordination with the client, local authorities, local stakeholders, specialist subcontractors and roadworks in the region. Local workers and industry were engaged as a matter of course throughout the project.

Pensar successfully delivered the project ahead of schedule and on budget, to the high specifications and standards of the Department of Transport & Main Roads.

“Pensar’s engineers and foremen are well versed with Main Roads specifications and construction methodologies. Their project team was very responsive to requests from both the Superintendent and Principal, and no issue was ever too difficult to resolve. Pensar have delivered a quality product within the contractual timeframes and budget.
Paul McCormack

TMR Superintendent’s Representative


Department of Transport & Main Roads


Millaa Millaa & Malanda, North Queensland


July 2013 – March 2014



  • 40 000 m3 earthworks excavation & embankment placement
  • clearing & demolition
  • road pavement reconstruction
  • slope stabilisation & protection works
  • 7000 m soil nails & rock dowels
  • 300 m3 shotcreting
  • 200 m3 steel wire gabions & mattresses
  • 400 m2 high-tensile netting
  • 2000 m2 geofabric netting
  • slope protection works
  • stormwater drainage & culvert works
  • line marking
  • landscaping

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