Welcome announcement for Territory roads

29 March 2019

Welcome announcement for Territory roads

Opposition Leader Gary Higgins has welcomed the Federal Government announcement to upgrade five of the Territory’s main roads at a total investment of $492.3 million.

The funding is part of the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, and the projects will assist freight operators throughout the Northern Territory by providing safer, faster, and more reliable travel along key freight routes.

Mr Higgins said freight played a key role in the Territory, and road upgrades were always a welcome announcement.

"The Federal Government has consulted with industry, councils and local communities to identify which key corridors would be upgraded to increase the reliability of key routes, improve links between regional communities and essential services and reduce freight travel times and cost," he said.

The key corridors in the Northern Territory to receive upgrades include the Alice Springs to Darwin, Newman to Katherine, Alice Springs to Halls Creek corridors, Tennant Creek to Townsville and Adelaide River to Wadeye corridors.

"The road upgrades will be more resilient to the Wet Season, and will make a huge difference to those who rely on them," Mr Higgins said.

"Roads keep communities connected to important facilities like health services but will also boost economic output for the Territory through jobs.

"We have long advocated for more investment in vital roads infrastructure to help open up the Territory’s potential. This funding is a welcome shot in the arm.

Corridor Australian Government Investment in NT
Tennant Creek to Townsville $70 million
Alice Springs to Darwin $162.3 million
Newman to Katherine $40 million
Alice Springs to Halls Creek $160 million
Adelaide to Wadeye $60 million
Total Australian Government Investment $492.3 million