25 NOVEMBER 2019
After years of lobbying the Federal Government, funding for the Port Keats Road has been brought forward to the tune of $54m, as part of a greater package worth $184 million.
Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said he was elated at the news, which meant sealing of the Port Keats Road and year round access for the people of Wadeye and surrounding communities.
"This news is absolutely welcome, as air travel during the Wet is costly," he said.
"I have spent years lobbying the Federal Government, and meeting with and writing to Federal Ministers for this funding for a road which is in horrible a condition most of the year.
"The Federal Government are listening, they care about the Northern Territory, but the Chief Minister Michael Gunner still has a record of going cap in hand without doing the work."
Other funding includes $91.7 million for upgrades on the Alice Springs to Darwin road corridor, including the Mango Industry Roads upgrades in Litchfield, and $37.5 million for upgrades on the Outback Way.
"The Opposition has been calling for shovel-ready productive wealth generating infrastructure for years," Mr Higgins said.
"We are thankful for a Federal Government who recognises this, over a Gunner Labor Government who squanders money on short term projects and social experiments."