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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Three Roper Highway truck bays signed, sealed and delivered

Media Release

DC255/2017

07 September 2017

Joint release with:

Nigel Scullion

Senator for the Northern Territory

Nicole Manison

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

  • Works complete on upgrades to three truck bays on key NT freight route
  • Upgrades will improve safety through better fatigue management for freight operators serving the mining and cattle industries
  • $1.5 million project jointly funded by Australian and Northern Territory governments

Works to upgrade three truck bays on one of the Northern Territory's key freight routes are now complete, with the newly upgraded stops encouraging drivers to take breaks more often.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said increased heavy vehicle traffic in the Roper Gulf region has accelerated the need for improved truck parking bays to assist drivers with fatigue management.

“These works are crucial to road safety in the Territory and to drivers negotiating the long stretches of often unsealed roads across this region,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government is pleased to have supported this important economic and safety upgrade through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, which is delivering infrastructure projects across Australia aimed at improving the productivity and safety of heavy vehicle operations.”

Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said the three new truck bays are located at chainages 39 kilometres, 69 kilometres and 86 kilometres on the Roper Highway.

“The Roper Highway is a critical road link that provides access for the mining and cattle industries, local communities, tourists, and recreational fishermen seeking entry to the Roper River and nearby coastal areas,” Ms Manison said.

“We are committed to working in partnership with the Australian Government to deliver a number of safety and productivity upgrades to the Roper Highway, including the construction of two new high level bridges over the Roper and Wilton rivers through the $103 million Regional Roads Productivity Package.”

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the upgrades would improve safety for a vital freight link for the mining and cattle industries.

“The Coalition Government is investing in safer roads for Territory truckies to help them rest up, revive and continue safely on their journey. These upgraded truck stops will not only be a big boost for the transport industry, but will make our roads safer for all Territory road users,” Senator Scullion said.

The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government and Northern Territory Government each contributing $750,000 to fund the project.