Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development The Hon Michael McCormack MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
Heavy vehicle routes in the Northern Territory will soon be more efficient, more reliable and safer thanks to $2.95 million for four upgrades being funded under round six of the Coalition Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, announced.
“Getting product from paddock to plate is a vital part of Australia’s growing agriculture and transport industries, which is why the Liberal and Nationals’ Government is investing in making those freight routes safer,” Senator Scullion.
“I have been fighting for better roads and this is fantastic news for truckies travelling through the Territory.”
Ms Price said the NT is receiving $2.95 million for projects under Round Six of the Programme, including:
- $2 million towards strengthening and widening of the Carpentaria Highway at Arnold near Daly Waters
- $500,000 for strengthening and widening of the Lasseter Highway at Peterman in Central Australia
- $225,000 for the construction of a new heavy vehicle parking bay on the Carpentaria Highway at the Heart Break Roadhouse, Cape Crawford
- $225,000 for the construction of a new heavy vehicle parking bay on the Buntine Highway at Top Springs
“We all understand how important it is to upgrade these roads – we all drive them often and see firsthand the jobs and opportunities agriculture and transport brings to the Northern Territory,” Ms Price said.
“With the Gunner Government’s failure to deliver road upgrades, Territorians will not be surprised that it is the CLP that can manage the economy, guarantee essential services such as infrastructure while getting the budget back into surplus, giving hard working Australians tax relief and all while paying down Labor’s debt.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the programme provides funding to local councils and State and Territory Governments to help fund works designed to improve the safety and efficiency of important heavy vehicle routes around the nation.
“Around Australia we are investing in helping people get home sooner and safer, no matter where they live,” Mr McCormack said.
“That’s why we are continuing to deliver road funding where it’s needed, based mainly on the local knowledge, especially to councils which make up more than 60 per cent of the 93 projects selected under this latest round of funding.”
More on the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, including a full list of successful Round Six projects, is available at: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx