Sealing the deal for Arnhem Link Road

Media Release

DC292/2017

29 September 2017

Joint release with:

Nicole Manison

NT Deputy Chief Minister
NT Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Nigel Scullion

Senator for the Northern Territory

  • Funding approved for five sections of the Arnhem Link Road
  • The Australian Government is contributing up to $9 million towards the project
  • The project will improve transport of people and goods between communities in Arnhem Land

The Australian Government has today approved $9 million in funding to upgrade five sections of the Arnhem Link Road, with a focus on improving flood immunity, access and safety.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the works package was a good example of the Australian Government's commitment to improving safety on roads around the nation.

“The Arnhem Link Road project will increase flood immunity and improve road safety and access between the communities of Maningrida, Oenpelli and Ramingining throughout the year. The Arnhem Link Road project is part of the Australian Government's $90 million commitment toward the $106 million Regional Roads Productivity Package,” Mr Chester said.

Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said upcoming works added to the long list of road improvement projects supported by the Australian Government.

“In the past 12 months we've seen some really important works happening around the Territory, including upgrades to truck bays on the Roper Highway, floodproofing works on the Victoria Highway and Port Keats Road, upgrades to the Carpentaria Highway to make it safer through the Borroloola Jump Up section and known black spots fixed,” Senator Scullion said.

“Upgrading and improving these key NT roads is an investment in the people and industries of the Territory, and I'm very pleased to see even more projects in the pipeline.”

Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said the Arnhem Link Road project would upgrade five sections, all severely impacted by flooding which lead to long road closures.

“We are working closely with the Australian Government to deliver this project which will make a big difference to local communities. These upgrades are expected to reduce the road closure times each wet season on Oenpelli Road, which is deemed impassable up to 300 days per year,” Ms Manison said.

Construction is due to start in early 2018 and scheduled for completion by late-2019.

The Australian Government has committed up to $9 million toward the Arnhem Link Road project, with the Northern Territory Government committing up to $2 million.