Joint Media Release with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester
Work to upgrade a major Northern Territory beef road – Mulga Park Road – linking remote communities and cattle stations to the Stuart and Lasseter highways has been completed.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the $700,000 Mulga Park Road project was an example of the Coalition Government’s commitment to regional Australia.
“It is essential that crucial transport links between key economic and cultural centres are maintained and improved,” Mr Chester said.
“As an access road to several cattle stations and pastoral properties, and as a link road to several Indigenous communities, Mulga Park Road is a crucial part of the NT road network.
“Extremely dry conditions, combined with increased cattle and general freight transport, had caused the road to deteriorate.
“The application of new gravel and reshaping will ensure adequate drainage and improve the link between the Stuart and Lasseter highways, particularly in wet weather conditions.”
Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the road upgrade would also provide significant benefits to the mining and tourism industries.
“The upgrade to the road will improve travel times for mining exploration crews and 4WD tourists,” Senator Scullion said.
The $700,000 project was fully funded under the Coalition Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme.