Consultation continues on $100 million Beef Roads Programme

Media Release


09 March 2016

Stakeholder consultation is continuing for the Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme, a $100 million Australian Government commitment towards improving key roads used for cattle transport in the nation's north.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said today's stakeholder forum in Darwin followed from roundtables held last year.

“Stakeholders from the cattle and transport industries were invited, along with local and state governments, to put forward their road infrastructure priorities during these roundtables,” Mr Chester said.

“Today marks the third and final consultation and I look forward to the presentation of findings from the CSIRO's TRaNSIT modelling of stakeholder priorities, which has analysed the benefits to the movement of cattle of potential projects.

“I am also pleased that experienced and respected cattle industry figures David Crombie and Troy Setter have again agreed to co-chair the roundtable.”

Mr Chester said successful projects under the Beef Roads Programme were expected to be announced from mid-2016.

“The Government is now seeking formal project submissions from the relevant jurisdictions. Projects will be assessed on their capacity to improve the reliability, productivity and resilience of cattle supply chains in northern Australia, reducing freight costs and better connecting industry to markets,” he said.

“This consultation process is a valuable opportunity for the Government to draw on local and on-the-ground expertise in identifying priority projects.

“Today's roundtable will provide the chance to discuss the prioritisation of proposed projects, ranging from the sealing of unsealed roads to upgrading roads, bridges and key intersections, according to the TraNSIT analysis.”

In addition to the Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme, the Australian Government is investing $600 million towards the Northern Australia Roads Programme.

Northern roads will also benefit from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, which will provide concessional loans for major infrastructure in the north.