Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Early works to start on $106 million APY road upgrade

Media Release

JB116/2014

31 October 2014

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Assistant Federal Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan today announced the start of survey and design work for the $106 million road upgrades in the APY Lands.

The project will be completed under the Regional Partnership Agreement.

The Australian Government is contributing 80 per cent of the funding for this vital project in the APY Lands.

The partnership between the APY, the State Government and the Federal Government under this agreement will ensure a shared vision and the best outcome for local Aṉangu.

The project will include ongoing training and employment for Aṉangu through the development of an employment strategy as well as the delivery of a road safety education program.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephen Mullighan said last year the State Government committed $21 million of funding, in addition to the Australian Government contribution of $85 million.

This brings total investment into APY Lands roads to $106 million over a five year period.

Both Governments are very keen to ensure that the available funds are spent on the improvement of this important community access road and on the creation of sustainable jobs for Aṉangu.

This significant investment will see 210 kilometres of the main access road between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja (Ernabella) and more than 20 kilometres of community roads in the Lands improved, as well as providing all-weather access to airstrips at Pukatja (Ernabella), Umuwa, Kaltjiti (Fregon), Mimili and Marla.

Reliable roads will improve the transport of food and other supplies to the communities in the APY Lands, improve access to the airstrips for emergency services and enhance the social and economic benefits.

A community engagement plan is being finalised and consultation will continue through all phases of the project with the APY Board, the Traditional Owners and Communities.

Aerial and ground survey of the main access road alignment is expected to start November 3.