New road improves access to Corroboree Billabong

Media Release

DC313/2017

19 October 2017

Joint release with:

Nigel Scullion

Senator for the Northern Territory

Ken Vowles

NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources

Corroboree Billabong Access Road is now safer and easier to access thanks to a $2 million upgrade, jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory governments.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said funding for the upgrade of Corroboree Billabong Access Road was provided under the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery Program.

“Roads to Recovery supports vital maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure, improving safety and helping foster the economic and social well-being of communities,” Mr Chester said.

“This project is a great example of how communities right around the country are benefitting from the $4.4 billion program, which gives councils and other funding recipients the certainty they need to invest in the construction, repair and upgrade of critical local road maintenance.”

NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles said the Northern Territory Government was investing $50 million in recreational fishing over five years, with $1 million going towards the Corroboree Billabong Access Road project.

“The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its $50 million investment promise, providing a great opportunity to enhance the Territory's recreational fishing experiences and its reputation as a world-class fishing destination,” Mr Vowles said.

“Along with the Corroboree Billabong Access Road improvements we have also seen a new $2.3 million boat ramp built at Shady Camp, Middle Arm boat ramp car park sealed and CCTV installed at Dinah Beach boat ramp car park. Many other projects are in the pipeline as part of our $50 million investment in recreational fishing.”

Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said access to Corroboree Billabong was now safer and easier for fishers following the upgrade and sealing of the 5.9 kilometre section of the road.

“Corroboree Billabong Access Road is used by the local fishing community, tour operators, tourists and cruise business operators who use this road to access the popular Corroboree Billabong wetlands. Fixing the road means more opportunities for these businesses and real support for local jobs,” Senator Scullion said.

For more information on the Roads to Recovery program visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/r2r/