Joint Media Statement with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester
Roads in the Northern Territory will be safer for heavy vehicles thanks to three upgrades to be funded by a $12 million investment by the Australian Government.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme provides funding to local councils to build much-needed road infrastructure that will also help truckers operate more efficiently.
“The Australian Government is continuing its commitment to deliver roads funding exactly where it’s needed based on the local knowledge of councils,” Mr Chester said.
“Projects approved include building rest stops, parking bays or upgrading local roads to make them safer and more productive for trucks and other heavy vehicles.”
The Northern Territory has received $12,150,000 in funding for three projects under Round Five of the Programme:
• $9,650,000 for a Darwin regional road train assembly area and heavy vehicle checking and registry station
• $750,000 for truck parking bays at South Alligator Roadhouse, Arnhem Highway
• $1,750,000 for pavement and seal widening on Lasseters Highway
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Australian Government had committed $97.6 million to 86 projects nationwide under Round Five for projects that will help deliver safer roads for all road users.
“Through the Heavy Vehicle Safely and Productivity Programme, the Government supports state, territory and local governments to enhance the capacity of existing roads and improve connections to freight networks,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Government extended the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and will provide an additional $40 million per year from 2019–20 in the 2016–17 Budget.”
More information on the programme and a full list of approved projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/hvspp.