New funding for Northern Australia Beef Roads in the NT

Media Release

DC152/2016

24 October 2016

Joint release with:

Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

  • The Turnbull-Joyce government is committed to supporting the beef industry.
  • $30 million will be invested in key roads in the Northern Territory.
  • Two priority upgrades announced—Barkly Stock Route and Tablelands Highway.

The Northern Territory's Barkly Stock Route and Tablelands Highway will be upgraded to support the transport of livestock, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

The Government's $30 million investment, under the Turnbull-Joyce Government's Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme, will support the Northern Territory's cattle industry, which plays a crucial role in the Territory's economy.

“The $10 million commitment to the Barkly Stock Route project will upgrade a section of the route which will reduce closures and restrictions, while also improving safety,” Mr Chester said.

“The $20 million commitment to the Tablelands Highway project will involve upgrading selected sections of the Highway, making every trip safer and improving accessibility for local and regional commuters.

“I'd like to thank David Crombie, Director of Australian Agricultural Company, and Troy Setter, CEO of Consolidated Pastoral Company Pty Ltd, who played a key leadership role in facilitating northern beef industry input into identifying priority road sections for upgrade.

“These proposals were then modelled by the CSIRO's TraNSIT model to help identify, which projects delivered the greatest benefits to the northern Australian beef industry.

“The Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme recognises that moving cattle from farm gate to market involves some of the longest and most challenging land transport distances of any industry anywhere in the world.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said the Australian Government was committed to realising the potential of northern Australia.

“The beef industry is the big winner from these investments. With beef prices at record levels, a bigger beef industry is a big part of developing Northern Australia,” Senator Canavan said.

“The upgraded roads will also provide benefits to all road users, including other agricultural industries and the freight sector more broadly."

The Australian Government is investing up to $100 million in northern Australia under the Programme. The Northern Territory Government is contributing 20 per cent toward the projects.