Contractor for Roper Highway truck bay upgrades announced

Media Release


13 April 2016

Joint release with:

Peter Chandler

NT Minister for Transport
NT Minister for Infrastructure

A safer and more productive road network in the Northern Territory's Gulf region is a step closer with local Katherine company Woodhill and Sons Pty Ltd awarded the contract to upgrade three truck parking bays on the Roper Highway.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $1.5 million project would be jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory governments.

“The project will upgrade the parking bays from unsealed to sealed standard, providing a higher standard of rest stop for truck drivers,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government is contributing $750,000 to these upgrades under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, which is an initiative aimed at improving productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia via investment in infrastructure projects.

“Thanks to this programme, the Government is enhancing the capacity of existing roads and improving connections to freight networks, while providing a safer environment for truckies and other road users.”

Mr Chester said both the Federal Government was working to reduce road trauma in the heavy vehicle industry by funding practical road safety solutions.

“In addition to targeted regulatory activities to improve heavy vehicle safety, the Commonwealth is directing funding to where it is needed most through the Black Spot Programme, Roads to Recovery Programme and Bridges Renewal Programme,” he said.

Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Chandler said the project was a welcome boost for a key regional freight and commuter route.

“The Roper Highway is a critical road link providing access for the area's economically vital mining and cattle industries,” Mr Chandler said.

“The highway is similarly crucial for residents and visitors travelling to and from the communities of Ngukurr and Numbulwar.”

Work on the project is expected to get underway in May 2016.