Tenders called for APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade

Media Release

DC165/2016

01 November 2016

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

The next major upgrade of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands Main Access Road is just around the corner with tenders called to construct a new section.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the works would reduce the likelihood of closures across 88 kilometres of road between Double Tank and Mimili in the South Australia's far north-west.

“The works will increase the height of the road while also improving its drainage, making it less likely to require closure during flooding. Whether you live in Adelaide or remote South Australia, we believe that access to services and facilities is essential, so we are working to keep the APY Lands Main Access Road open during all seasons and conditions,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said upgrading the APY Lands Main Access Road was an important part of improving the living standards of local Anangu.

“By making the road surface smoother, we are making the road safer, cutting travel times for locals and reducing the costly wear and tear to vehicles in this remote part of the country. The upgrade will also provide jobs within the community, which is a significant part of the Australian Government's commitment to improving living standards in remote parts of Australia,” Mr Ramsey said.

South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said some minor road realignment would also form part of the works, as well as improvements to drainage and floodways.

“As part of this project a minimum of 30 per cent of the total on-site labour hours are required to be undertaken by local Anangu, which means jobs for the local community. The tender will also be assessed in line the state's Industry Participation Policy which means local South Australian businesses and employees will leverage the maximum benefit available from the project,” Mr Mullighan said.

The tender closes 17 November. Works are expected to commence in April 2017 and be completed in early 2018, weather permitting.

The works are part of the upgrade of 210 kilometres of the Main Access Road and 21 kilometres of community access roads between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja (Ernabella) in the APY Lands.

The Australian Government is contributing $85 million towards the $106.25 million project with $21.25 million from the State Government. Further information can be found at the APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade Project website.