Work begins on construction of 43km APY Lands Main Access Road

Media Release

DC092/2017

13 April 2017

Joint release with:

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Work has begun on building 43 kilometres of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Main Access Road between Pukatja (Ernabella) and Umuwa.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the works were part of an overarching $106.25 million project.

“The $21.4 million contract for these works was awarded to Toll Mining Services earlier this year and involves the formation and sheeting of 43 kilometres of new pavement,” Mr Chester said.

South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said a minimum of 18 of the 55 jobs expected to be created by the project would go to local Anangu.

“The works on this section will mainly be carried out along the existing alignment, with some realignment on the adjacent natural surface and drainage improvements,” Mr Mullighan said.

“The State Government, together with the APRY Executive Board, has committed to ensure at least 30 per cent of the total on-site labour hours in this project are undertaken by Anangu.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the broader project would upgrade around 210 kilometres of the Main APY Lands Access Road.

“This project is all about providing better access to essential services and facilities, reduced travel times and vehicle operating costs,” Mr Ramsey said.

“The works on this first major section are expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2017. The full project is due for completion in mid-2019.”

The Australian Government is contributing $85 million towards the overarching $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 page.