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Duncan Road and Gordon Downs Road Upgrades

Browns Range, Halls Creek, Ringer Soak


  • Road

    Project type
  • $51 million

    Total budget
  • Under Construction

    Project phase
  • Main Roads WA

    Lead agency
  • TBC

    Jobs supported
  • Early 2020

    Start date

    Late 2025

    End date

The Browns Range (Duncan Road and Gordon Downs Road) upgrade will provide greater and safer access to and for local communities in the Kimberley and the Northern Minerals Ltd Browns Range heavy rare earth minerals (dysprosium) deposit.

Located near the Western Australia/Northern Territory border, approximately 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek, the current access road is only lightly formed and gravel sheeted in places, which becomes corrugated and difficult to travel on at various times of the year.

Upgrades to Gordon Downs Road were completed in 2022. The final stage of road construction is anticipated to recommence in 2025, targeting the hills sections from Halls Creek town to Palmer Springs.


  • Better and safer access to local Aboriginal communities, tourism, pastoral and mining industries in the region
  • Access to the mine site from Duncan Road and Gordon Downs Road
  • More robust and serviceable roads with the potential to reduce road closures

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