Apr 15, 2009

Federal Government accelerates upgrade of Territory roads

Federal Government accelerates upgrade of Territory roads

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 15 2009

Work to improve the Plenty Highway and Tanami Road will commence next month following the Rudd Labor Government’s decision to bring forward funding as part of its plan to support jobs during the current global economic recession.

All up, $14 million will be invested upgrading these two important roads, including clearing, re-sealing, widening and drainage works. Originally this work wasn’t meant to start until later in the year.

Right across the country the Government’s Nation Building plans are putting Australians to work building and upgrading the infrastructure vital to our long term economic prosperity.

The Plenty Highway and Tanami Road connect Alice Springs to the Queensland and Western Australian borders respectively. In many cases, they provide the only access to many of the Territory’s mining towns, pastoral properties and remote communities.

See attached map for the precise locations of the planned work.

Once completed, the upgrades will deliver better and safer driving conditions, particularly for the many truck drivers that travel along them every day.

The upgrades to the Plenty Highway and Tanami Road are part of the Community Beef and Mining Roads Improvement Program – an $81 million program being delivered in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.

Work on all seven projects to be funded under the Program is expected to be completed by 2011.