Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The Country Liberals are investing $39.9 million in upgrading the key Keep River Road that will help drive jobs and investment and assist in bringing major projects to fruition.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said a tender to upgrade the Keep River Road has recently been released.
“This upgrade will be for sealing of 28 kilometres of Keep River Road with the tender calling for works to be delivered in two phases, with stage one works to deliver the initial 13 kilometres from the WA border to a two-lane standard toward Legune Station, and a bridge over the Keep River,” Senator Scullion said.
“I am pleased to see that as part of this project local business Allcast Pty Ltd will manufacture special bridge girders for the Keep River Bridge.
“The Coalition Government is creating more jobs in the economy and this project will create more than 80 jobs for Territorians and increase the economic development of the area through year round access.”
Ms Price said the upgrade would improve flood immunity, freight capacity and a big boost for productivity to a number of the Territory’s cattle producers.
“This CLP investment will improve the safety and reliability of this critical route and support economic growth in the Territory,” Ms Price said.
“This upgrade will also support the proposed Project Sea Dragon, the $1.45 billion prawn aquaculture project, which has the potential to create around 1500 ongoing jobs.
“Other proposed projects that would be supported by this upgrade include the Ord Irrigation Scheme Stage 3 which the Gunner Government has put in the backburner.
The Keep River Road project is part of the Northern Australia Roads Program and is a partnership between the Australian Government and Northern Territory Government. The Federal Coalition Government has approved $39.9 million for the first stage of the project, with the Territory Government contributing $17.5 million in total for both stages of the project.
The tender to upgrade Keep River Road is anticipated to be awarded in May 2019, with works expected to commence in July 2019. Completion of the first stage of this project is anticipated in September 2020.