Building Northern Territory Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century
BUDGET INFRA 06/2014
13 May 2014
Joint release with:
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Abbott Government has made a record $593.7 million investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for the Northern Territory.
The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.
The Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for the Northern Territory.
Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.
Better roads means less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.
The Abbott Government's investment in the Northern Territory will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.
Northern Territory projects include:
- Northern Territory Roads Package: Strengthening and widening of road pavements, flood immunity improvements and fatigue management measures such as upgrading rest areas and intersection improvements.
- Federal contribution: $77.0 million
- Regional Roads Productivity Package: Upgrade of six regional roads to improve flood immunity, safety and reliability for communities. The upgrades are to the Roper and Buntine Highways and Port Keats, Arnhem Link, Central Arnhem and Santa Teresa Roads.
- Federal contribution: $90.0 million
- Tiger Brennan Drive Duplication (Darwin CBD to Berrimah Road): Duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive from Berrimah Road to Darwin CBD to improve safety and efficiency and reduce congestion for commuters.
- Federal contribution: $70.0 million
$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure. It includes $90.5 million for the Northern Territory.
Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spot projects, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.
The funds for the Northern Territory are part of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.
The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.
Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.
Northern Territory—Key Projects
Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.
|KEY PROJECTS||TOTAL FUNDING 2013–14 TO 2018–19|
|Katherine Heavy Vehicle Bypass
|National Highways Strengthening and Widening
||10.9||Various – Stuart, Barkly and Victoria highways|
|Network Infrastructure Road Safety Initiatives Including Fatigue Management
||6.2||Various – Stuart, Barkly and Victoria highways|
|Overtaking Opportunities—Stuart Highway between Katherine and Darwin
||1.4||Katherine to Darwin|
|Rail Overpass South of Alice Springs
|Upgrade of the Central Arnhem Road
||7.7||Various – Central Arnhem Road|
|Flood Immunity Works on the Stuart and Victoria Highways
||8.1||Various – Stuart and Victoria highways|
|Northern Territory Roads Productivity Package
||90.0||Various Regional Roads|
|Tiger Brennan Drive Widening
|Northern Territory Roads Package
||77.0||Various – Stuart, Barkly and Victoria highways|