Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development & Leader of The Nationals The Hon Michael McCormack MP; Minister for Regional Services Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie and Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Alan Tudge MP
The Northern Territory is set to benefit from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s record $100 billion infrastructure investment over 10 years with an additional $622.3 million delivered in the 2019–20 Budget, bringing total infrastructure investment in the Territory to more than $2.3 billion from 2013–14.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Government is getting Australians home sooner and safer, including by improving road safety, while delivering critical infrastructure and road upgrades to better connect Territory communities, support local business and increase freight productivity.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government’s commitment to infrastructure of critical importance continues across the Territory, including investment in the Alice Springs to Darwin Corridor, the Garramilla Drive and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3, Arnhem Link Road and Northern Territory sections back Way upgrades,” Senator Scullion said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said a series of major infrastructure projects will be delivered as part of the Coalition Government’s record investment across the country. An investment in five key freight corridors under the Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative, will support economic growth and access to communities and export markets for NT industries.
“We are delivering for the Territory with $492.3 million under ROSI for the NT component of the Tennant Creek to Townsville, Newman to Katherine and Alice Springs to Halls Creek corridors, and the Alice Springs to Darwin and Adelaide River to Wadeye corridors,” Mr McCormack said.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Morrison Government’s congestion busting projects will get Territorians home sooner and safer with a major investment including $60 million to improve the Tiwi Island Roads to encourage economic growth, particularly from the export of plantation timber, and local jobs.
“The quality of the roads on Melville Island is a barrier to economic growth but these road improvements will address that, as well as providing all-weather access to Tiwi College on Melville Island to ensure children can get to school safely,” Mr Tudge said.
Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Bridget McKenzie said regional Territorians will benefit from key Government initiatives aimed at building stronger regions, including a $45.4 million commitment to support the Barkly Regional Deal.
“This Budget includes a further $200 million towards a fourth round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), $22.7 million for a fifth round of the Stronger Communities Programme, as well as the roll-out of the $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund which will unlock economic opportunities, create jobs and strengthen communities,” Minister McKenzie said.
The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government will continue to invest in the Northern Territory economy in the coming years, through the continued funding of the Buntine Highway Upgrade and the Central Arnhem Road Upgrade.
The Government’s rolling investment forms an unprecedented pipeline of projects that will deliver the infrastructure the Territory needs to thrive over the next decade and beyond.
For more information on investments in the Northern Territory, including through the 2019–20 Budget, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au.