APY Lands Main Access Road upgrade advances on two fronts

Media Release

DC320/2017

25 October 2017

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Eddie Hughes

SA Member for Giles

  • Contract awarded to deliver works between Umuwa and Mimili in the APY Lands
  • Tenders also called for the final section of the upgrade, between Mimili and Iwantja (Indulkana)
  • Upgrade to improve living standards and access to services and job opportunities

A contract has been awarded to upgrade the second of three sections of Main Access Road in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in far north-western South Australia, and tenders have been called for the final section.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Toll Mining Services had been awarded a contract for 88 kilometres of surface and drainage improvements between Umuwa (Double Tank) and Mimili.

“This project will improve living standards of the local Anangu by improving connections to services and employment opportunities, along with safer roads and reduced vehicle operating costs,” Mr Chester said.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said the works formed part of the 210-kilometre upgrade of the Main Access Road and 21 kilometres of community access roads between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja (Ernabella) in the APY Lands.

“With tenders also now called for the 66-kilometre final section between Mimili and Iwantja (Indulkana), this latest milestone marks excellent progress on the overall project,” Mr Mullighan said.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the second section alone would support an estimated 40 jobs, including around 13 jobs for local Anangu, reflecting the Government's commitment to Indigenous employment.

“The first section of the upgrade, involving works from Pukatja to Umuwa and from Iwantja to Stuart Highway, is on track for completion by the end of this year,” Mr Ramsey said.

State Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said it was good to see the solid progress on upgrading roads on the APY Lands.

“This is a positive project for the APY Lands. Many Anangu are gaining work on the road construction and there will be some really significant long-term safety and access benefits for everyone living on the lands.”

Works on the second section are expected to start in November 2017 with all sections complete by mid-2019, weather permitting. The tender for the final section closes on 16 November 2017.

The Australian Government has committed $85 million toward the $106.25 million Main Access Road Upgrade, with $21.25 million committed by the South Australian Government.

Further information on the project can be found online: www.dpti.sa.gov.au/apylands