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NT Road Upgrades Fast-tracked

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Critical infrastructure upgrades that improve connectivity for rural and remote communities in the Northern Territory will be brought forward under a $184 million package.

The projects, which include the Outback Way, the Mango Industry Roads upgrades in Litchfield, and upgrades along the Adelaide River to Wadeye road corridor will provide better and more reliable freight links, and keep drivers safer on the Territory’s roads.

The Coalition Government has been working with states and territories to bring forward critical infrastructure projects across Australia to drive jobs, strengthen the economy and get people home sooner and safer.

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon said delivering critical road projects sooner in the Northern Territory was a key part of the Government’s plan for a stronger economy.

More than $84 million of the new package would be spent in the next 18 months as part of an overall commitment of more than $2.4 billion investment in Territory infrastructure since the 2013 election.

“Territorians travel on outback roads throughout their everyday life and bringing forward this funding will not only drive jobs and boost the Northern Territory economy, but it will also reduce travel times and make roads safer,” Dr McMahon said.

“Mango Industry Roads are part of essential road infrastructure which will get goods to market sooner and provide efficiencies to Top End industries, and will improve road safety, particularly during severe weather events, in rural and remote communities.

“As I have been saying for some time, the Coalition Government is listening to states and territories and this boost shows that we are working cooperatively with them to deliver infrastructure projects.”

“These road projects are part of the Coalition Government’s $100 billion infrastructure pipeline and forms part of our responsible and considered economic management in partnership with the states and territories – not a knee-jerk reaction.”

Project funding brought forward:

$91.7 million for upgrades on the Alice Springs to Darwin road corridor, including the Mango Industry Roads upgrades in Litchfield;

  • Funding to flow immediately and over the next three years after previously being allocated beyond the forward estimates.
  • The Australian Government contribution to the project is $73.4 million and the Northern Territory Government contribution is $18.35 million ($91.7 million brought forward).

$54.3 million for the Adelaide River to Wadeye road corridor;

  • Funding to flow immediately and over the next three years after previously being allocated beyond the forward estimates.
  • The Australian Government contribution to the project is $43.5 million and the Northern Territory Government contribution is $10.8 million ($54.3 million brought forward).

$37.5 million for upgrades on the Outback Way;

  • Funding to flow in 2021–22 after previously being allocated beyond the forward estimates.
  • The Australian Government contribution to the project is $30 million and the Northern Territory Government contribution is $7.5 million ($37.5 million brought forward).