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Contract awarded for Plenty Highway upgrade

Media Release

DC072/2017

29 March 2017

Joint release with:

Nigel Scullion

Senator for the Northern Territory

Nicole Manison

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

  • Part of a staged upgrade of the Plenty Highway between the Stuart Highway and Harts Range
  • Improved access for tourism, cattle and mining industries and local Indigenous communities

Work will soon start on upgrading a 5.5 kilometre section of the Plenty Highway in the Harts Range area about 215 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs.

The $7.88 million project is being jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the contract for the project had been awarded to NT-based Ostojic Group.

“This is a key route on our regional road network for the cattle industry, local communities and tourists visiting the lower Barkly region, and these works are part of a staged upgrade of the Outback Way on the Plenty Highway between the Stuart Highway and Harts Range,” Mr Chester said.

“I expect the work to start very soon now that the contract has been awarded to the Ostojic Group.”

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said when completed, the project would improve the highway's safety and reliability, particularly during and following heavy rains.

“In addition to the efficiency gains for regional businesses, a better road means improved access for isolated communities such as Atitjere (Harts Range), which stand to benefit from the resulting delivery of services and employment opportunities,” Ms Manison said.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the upgrade would be a boost for Territory jobs, industry and communities.

“The upgrade is going to help improve productivity for a variety of industries, including the mining and freight transport sectors, regional tourism, and the cattle industry which will have better market access,” Senator Scullion said.

The Plenty Highway Stage 2 Upgrade is jointly funded, with the Australian and Northern Territory Governments each providing $3.94 million as part of the $40 million Australian and Northern Territory governments' 2013 commitment to upgrade the Outback Way.