A further commitment to the Northern Territory under Northern Australia Roads Programme

Media Release

DC157/2016

24 October 2016

Joint release with:

Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

  • The Turnbull-Joyce Coalition Government is committed to developing Northern Australia to support economic development and job creation.
  • An extra $32 million is being invested in Northern Territory NARP road projects.
  • A significant upgrade to the Buntine Highway has been announced.

The Northern Territory's Buntine Highway is set to become safer and more reliable with the injection of new funding from the Australian Government's $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme (NARP), Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

“The Australian Government is committing $32 million to strengthen and widen priority sections of the highway, building on the $130 million previously committed in the Northern Territory under the NARP,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government's investment will also deliver flood immunity improvements, and sealing some of the unsealed sections of the Buntine Highway.

“This commitment will build on existing investments under the Beef Roads Programme and the Australian Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme.

“Vital upgrades are being undertaken including sealing unsealed sections of the Outback Way along Tjukaruru Road and the Plenty Highway, supporting the development of Ord Stage 3 through the upgrade to Keep River Road, and upgrades to the Arnhem Highway.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said the objective of the Northern Australia Roads Programme was to fund priority projects that would support economic development and regional communities in Northern Australia.

“The poor condition of the Buntine Highway and limited year-round heavy vehicle access significantly impacts on the Territory's key industries and the delivery of important services,” Senator Canavan said.

“Residents along the Highway and surrounding areas also rely on the Buntine Highway for access to essential services in both Katherine and Darwin.”

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments on an 80:20 funding arrangement.