Works start on construction of dams in APY Lands

Media Release

DC012/2017

17 January 2017

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

  • Two new dams will be built as part of the APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade project
  • Water from the dams will be used during the second stage of construction works between Double Tank and Mimili
  • The upgrade will also improve living standards for the local Anangu community through improved water security

Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation has started work on a $245,000 contract to build two new dams between Mimili and Fregon in South Australia.

It coincides with a tender call for raising and crushing pavement materials for the construction of a road between Double Tank (Umuwa) and Mimili.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the works would support the delivery of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands Main Access Road Upgrade project in South Australia's APY Lands, a transformational project for the local community.

“The project is an important initiative for the region with the current main access road in poor condition. It is susceptible to flooding and inaccessibility, and our investment will ensure communities remain connected wherever possible,” Mr Chester said.

“In short, residents will have more reliable access to food supplies and emergency services, safer travel within the region, and better access to the national road network.

“This is a great outcome and I look forward to seeing the completion of the project in mid-2019.”

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said works will involve undertaking repairs to the existing dam and the construction of two new dams.

“The water will be used during the second stage of construction works between Double Tank and Mimili as part of the APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade project.

“The upgrades will improve water security in the remote region, while also providing a range of job opportunities for the local Anangu community.

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 project will improve living standards for the local Anangu community by providing better access to essential services and facilities, along with reduced travel times and vehicle operating costs,” Mr Mullighan said.

“The project will also provide a range of employment opportunities for the local community. I am delighted to see ongoing progress being made toward the delivery of this vital upgrade for the region.”

Preliminary onsite works at the dam site commenced this month, with scheduled completion by March 2017, weather permitting.

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 www.dpti.sa.gov.au/apylands.