Improved flood immunity for Port Keats Road in NT

Media Release


02 December 2016

Media Release Issued by:

Nicole Manison

NT Deputy Chief Minister
NT Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Nigel Scullion

Senator for the Northern Territory

  • Flood immunity levels substantially improved following upgrade of Port Keats Road
  • Works will ensure road is kept open in all but severe wet weather conditions
  • The Australian Government provided $18 million towards the $20 million project

A $20 million investment in flood resilience works on Port Keats Road will help keep major roads open between Darwin and remote Northern Territory cattle stations during future wet-seasons.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the newly upgraded section of Port Keats Road would ensure people and businesses stay connected throughout the year.

“Port Keats Road is the major access road for a number of cattle stations and the Wadeye (Port Keats), Peppimenarti and Palumpa communities. Previously, access to those cattle stations and communities has been restricted at times during the wet season because of flooding over the Moyle River Floodplain crossing,” Mr Chester said.

“The completion of this project means the road will stay open to locals, tourists and heavy vehicle operators in all but severe wet weather conditions.”

Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said an 18 kilometre section of Port Keats Road which crosses the floodplain was raised and sealed, with 12 new culverts installed.

“The three kilometre section of the road between the Palumpa community and the Peppimenarti East intersection were also realigned to further improve safety levels,” Senator Scullion said.

“It's also pleasing to note that of the 10 people estimated to have been employed during the construction phase of this project, eight were Indigenous.”

Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said the project received $18 million from the Australian Government and $2 million from the Northern Territory Government under the Northern Territory Regional Roads Productivity Package.

“The funding package is being put to good use by improving the safety, reliability and efficiency of crucial Territory road links to the national road network, to a standard that reduces the risk of serious crashes and improves productivity,” Ms Manison said.