The Coalition Government is investing $130 million to improve four vital Northern Territory roads under the Northern Australia Roads Programme.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has welcomed the funding, which will support the North’s economic development.
More than $62 million in funding will go to flood-proofing the Adelaide River Floodplain on the Arnhem Highway, servicing towns and communities around Arnhem Land.
“This will enable people working in industries such as tourism, defence, mining and resources to have all-weather access all year round and end wet season closures,” Senator Scullion said
“Funding of almost $40 million will also be allocated to upgrade a section of the Keep River Road, which will support the potential development of Project Sea Dragon and Ord Stage 3. This road project will help stimulate these major projects to help drive economic growth and jobs in the Territory.
“Funding of $28 million will help seal unsealed sections of the Outback Way, along Tjukaruru Road and the Plenty Highway, to reduce wet season closures and weight restrictions. The Plenty Highway is also a key road for cattle industry growth in Central Australia.
“I am proud to be part of the Turnbull-Joyce Government which is putting into action our plans to develop the North, with the Territory a key priority.”
The projects are jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory governments on an 80:20 funding arrangement.