Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Michael McCormack MP and Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
The Coalition Government has announced a decade of infrastructure investment and job creation for the Northern Territory in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.
Country Liberal Party Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the announcement of major national projects today saying they were excited to see the full list of projects on Tuesday night when the Treasurer addresses the Parliament.
“This Budget will deliver certainty for residents and businesses with the 10 year, $75 billion Infrastructure Investment Pipeline, which includes projects to bust congestion, move freight more efficiently and ensure communities in the Northern Territory get home quicker and safer,” Senator Scullion said.
“I am pleased to be announcing the Coalition will be investing $180 million for the Central Arnhem Road Upgrade as well as $100 million to upgrade the Buntine Highway.
“In addition, Tuesday’s budget will include $1.5 billion for the Roads of Strategic Importance – Northern Australia Package and $160 million to seal more sections of the Outback Way.
“These are just some of the projects for the Territory in this year’s budget with more to be announced by the Treasurer tomorrow night.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said every State and Territory is seeing the benefits of this Government’s long term vision with more investment into congestion busting projects in our urban areas and safer and more efficient transport networks to our regional areas.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is delivering a record $75 billion investment in infrastructure and transport projects focused on building local communities, connecting the regions and our cities, busting congestion and boosting productivity, while creating local jobs,” Mr McCormack said.
“For the first time, the Government has committed to a 10 year Infrastructure Investment Pipeline. This long-term Pipeline recognises our major infrastructure projects take many years to plan, design and deliver, while showing this Government will deliver the infrastructure our nation needs into the future.
“Residents and businesses need certainty in terms of how their community develops and where it is heading, and that’s what we are delivering.”
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the 2018 Budget was a blueprint for delivering the transformational roads and rail required to meet the growing needs of modern Australia.
“The Turnbull Government has a clear focus on easing congestion and improving connectivity in our cities and suburbs and the 2018 Budget is the roadmap for how we will achieve this,” Mr Fletcher said.
“The Government is committed to improving Australia’s rail network, ensuring people can move around our city centres more efficiently and better connecting our cities and our regions.”
More programs and projects will be announced in 2018-19 Federal Budget Treasurer’s Address from 7:30pm on Tuesday 8 May.