The Coalition Government is investing in a record infrastructure package to drive jobs and growth in the Northern Territory and secure the successful transition of the NT economy.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today the Coalition was investing $132.6 million in infrastructure across the Territory in 2016-17 alone.
“The Government has committed to invest a record $752 million in NT infrastructure through until 2019-20 as part of an unprecedented nationwide Infrastructure Investment Package totalling more than $50 billion,” Senator Scullion said.
“The 2016–17 federal budget is part of the Government’s plan to support the NT as Australia shifts to a more diversified economy with broader drivers of growth.
“The Coalition Government is investing in road projects to improve freight corridors and reduce travel times on major commuter and tourist routes in the Northern Territory.
“The Government’s Infrastructure Investment Programme will also create new jobs in the Northern Territory, helping build a strong and prosperous economy.”
Northern Territory projects include:
- Northern Territory Roads Package: $77 million with $23 million to be provided in 2016–17.
- Regional Roads Productivity Package: $90 million with $20.3 million to be provided in
Through the Asset Recycling Initiative the Commonwealth is also committed to providing a total of $40.4 million to the Northern Territory towards:
- Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project: $13 million
- T-Gen: $6.5 million
- Flood Mitigation – Darwin: $3.3 million
- Flood Mitigation – Katherine: $2.3 million
- Roper Highway Upgrade: $2.1 million
- Tanami Road Upgrade: $1.3 million
- Litchfield Park Road: $3.7 million
- Larapinta Drive: $3.3 million
- Sadadeen Road: $1 million
- Kambolgie Creek: $0.4 million
- Tiwi Island Roads: $3.5 million
“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting regional communities in the Northern Territory, to provide the road upgrades and other priority infrastructure projects that matter most to local communities,” Senator Scullion said.
The Northern Territory will benefit from the Government’s commitment to extend from 2019–20 the Roads to Recovery Programme – $400 million per year, Maintenance – $350 million per year, Black Spot Programme – $60 million per year, Bridges Renewal Programme – $60 million per year and Heavy Vehicles Safety and Productivity Programme – $40 million per year.
These critical programs improve road safety and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by accidents on Australian roads.
The Government’s unprecedented funding for infrastructure projects is driving productivity and economic growth in the Northern Territory.