Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Paul Fletcher MP and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Keith Pitt MP
Residents of the Northern Territory have received a major boost with $280 million committed in the 2018-19 Budget, bringing total infrastructure investment in the Territory to $1.2 billion from 2013-14 to 2021-22.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said he was pleased to see the Coalition continue their commitment to ensure the Territory remains connected, with $280 million allocated for regional road projects.
“Roads in the Northern Territory are the platform to our economic growth, and these projects will increase safety and efficiency for freight operators and the growing tourist economy,” Senator Scullion said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said a series of major infrastructure projects would be delivered in the significant $75 billion investment across the country, including $180 million towards the Central Arnhem Road Upgrade and $100m for the Buntine Highway.
“This investment is on top of the recently announced additional $160 million for the Outback Way.
The Northern Territory will also share in the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative – Northern Australia Package, which will deliver $1.5 billion across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
This funding will build on our $700 million investment in the Northern Australian Roads Program and the Beef Roads Program, ensuring these critical freight routes remain open, safe and able to support the North’s growing freight industry well into the future,” Mr McCormack said.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the Government is set to improve movement around the capital, with $29.5 million already committed for the construction of a new link between Tiger Brennan Drive and the Darwin CBD, and the completion of the Tiger Brennan Drive duplication from Berrimah Road to the Darwin CBD.
“Darwin’s population and attraction as an international tourist destination continues to grow, and the Coalition Government is committed to delivering the infrastructure the city needs to reach its economic potential,” Mr Fletcher said.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said residents of the Northern Territory would benefit from extensions to community grants programs that invest directly in economic and social infrastructure.
“We’ve extended the Building Better Regions Fund – which delivered 26,000 jobs and 250 projects in the first round – with an additional $200 million now available through a third round, while the Stronger Communities Programme has been extended to a fourth round with an additional $22.5 million,” Dr McVeigh said.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt said the Australian Government would continue to invest in the Northern Territory economy in coming years, such as through the newly established Major Project Business Case Fund.
“The business case process is how major investments come to fruition and this $250 million initiative will allow us to develop a series of new projects, in consultation with the Northern Territory Government to ensure they are investment-ready.”
For more information on investments in the NT, including through the 2018-19 Budget, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/