Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley and Country Liberals Number One Senate Candidate Dr Samantha McMahon
The Country Liberals are investing almost $500 million to upgrade priority freight routes in the Northern Territory, maximising benefits for industry and communities across the NT.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion, said this investment was part of the Coalition Government’s $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.
“These ROSI investments in the Northern Territory complement other road upgrade programs and investments underway in the Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Country Liberals are absolutely committed to delivering better infrastructure for the Territory and our ROSI investment builds on our investments in the Northern Australia Roads Program and the Beef Roads Program.
“The upgrades under ROSI will make a big difference to road reliability for all the freight operators and communities who rely on these essential corridors, increasing flood immunity and boosting safety and efficiency through sealing, realigning routes, building bridges and widening roads.”
“The Northern Australia corridors are essential to improving access for remote and Indigenous communities to health and social services. By improving access to health and social services, these corridor upgrades help to build on government initiatives intended to improve standards of living and equity for Indigenous communities”.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the Coalition had consulted with industry, councils and local communities to identify which key corridors would be upgraded to increase the reliability of key routes, improve links between regional communities and essential services and reduce freight travel times and cost.
“The key corridors in the Northern Territory to receive upgrades include the Alice Springs to Darwin, Newman to Katherine, Alice Springs to Halls Creek corridors, Tennant Creek to Townsville and Adelaide River to Wadeye corridors,” Ms Price said.
“The Alice Springs to Halls Creek Road corridor will receive $160m with a focus on The Tanami Road as major part of this corridor along with opening up the economic opportunities in agriculture, mining and tourism, which could be developed further with upgrades.
“$70 million will go the Tennant Creek to Townsville corridor with emphasis on the Barkly Highway, Tablelands Highway and the Flinders Highway in QLD. The Barkly has strong cattle and mining industries that that upgrades can support existing operations and encourage further development.
CLP Number One Senate Candidate, Dr Samantha McMahon, said the Newman to Katherine corridor was the strategic road link connecting the Northern Territory’s economic centres to Western Australia.
“A $40 million investment into this corridor will support major industries, such as mining, agriculture and tourism, and includes the Victoria Highway,” Dr McMahon said.
“A $60 million investment for the Adelaide River to Wadeye corridor includes Port Keats Road, Daly River Road and Dorat Road. Targeted upgrades to the corridor will improve the standard of community amenity and access to health and social services for the Aboriginal communities in the region. Upgrades will also reduce high freight costs, reducing transit times and damage to vehicles and goods resulting from rough corrugated road surfaces.
“Upgrades to this corridor are also expected to support local industry and the creation of more jobs for Territorians.”
CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, was pleased to see the Territory’s major arterial, the Stuart Highway from Darwin to Alice would be boosted with a $162.3 million investment.
“It’s about making roads across the north more resilient to the wet season to keep communities connected and boost economic output for the territory,” Mrs Ganley said.
“Now that we have determined the priority corridors to be funded under the ROSI initiative, we will work with the Territory and local governments, and other stakeholders to identify and deliver the priority projects”.
|Corridor||Australian Government Investment in NT|
|Tennant Creek to Townsville||$70 million|
|Alice Springs to Darwin||$162.3 million|
|Newman to Katherine||$40 million|
|Alice Springs to Halls Creek||$160 million|
|Adelaide River to Wadeye||$60 million|
|Total Australian Government Investment||$492.3 million|