The Northern Territory State Government’s 2018 Budget includes a $1.45 billion infrastructure program, with $626.4 million for Territory roads to create more jobs, and attract and retain more people.
NT Treasurer Nicole Manison said the new budget’s investment in roads, housing, health, education, schools and tourism infrastructure will drive generational change across the Territory.
Funding for road projects in the 2018 budget include:
- $76 million to upgrade the Adelaide River floodplain section on the Arnhem Highway
- $38 million for Barneson Boulevard
- $98 million for Keep River Plains Road, providing sealed access at Point Ceylon and upgrading and sealing Gunn Point Road to support Project Sea Dragon
- $11.8 million to continue upgrades to improve the cattle supply chain on the Barkly Stock Route
- $23.8 million to continue to extend the seal on the Plenty Highway
- $5 million capital grant to Tiwi Regional Council to employ a local Aboriginal enterprise to undertake Tiwi Island road upgrades
- $5 million for Maryvale Road upgrades in 2019-20
- $12 million for work on the Coolalinga intersection
- $2.5 million to extend the seal on the Tanami Road
- $5 million to seal the Central Arnhem Road between the Bulman community and airstrip
- $9.9 million to upgrade bridges on the Tablelands Highway, improving access and removing load restrictions
- A commitment to match funding from the Alice Springs Town Council to upgrade Ilparpa Road, up to $2.5 million
The road and transport industry has welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s 2018/19 Budget.
Roads Australia Chief Executive, Ian Webb, said the NT Government is keen to continue to attract more big infrastructure projects to the north as they continue to grow their population and diversify the economy.
“At the same time, they are investing a record $1.45 billion in infrastructure projects, including more than $620 million to build, repair and maintain roads and the public transport network,” Mr Webb said.
“This includes upgrades to the Adelaide River floodplain on the Arnhem Highway, Barneson Boulevard, Keep River Plains Road, Plenty High and the Tanami Road.
“The NT Government’s commitment to continue sealing and upgrading roads is essential to unlock development, opportunities and jobs in a range of areas such as agribusiness, tourism and mining.”