May 11, 2010

Northern Territory continues to benefit from record investment

Northern Territory continues to benefit from record investment

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 11 2010

The Rudd Labor Government unprecedented investment in the road infrastructure within Northern Territory continues unabated, with a further $166 million being provided in the 2010-11 Budget.

The aim of our infrastructure building program is simple: to build more sustainable communities and a more productive national economy, one positioned to take full advantage of the global economic recovery.

In the case of Northern Territory, we’ve boosted spending on roads by 85 per cent over the life of the current Nation Building Program (2008-09 to 2013-14), bringing our total investment to $641 million.

These major investments in Northern Territory infrastructure are part of the Rudd Government’s plan to strengthen our economy so we can face the future with confidence.

The 2010-11 Budget continues the rollout of this unprecedented investment.

During the coming financial year (2010-11), work will start on a range of major road projects including:

  • a new high level bridge over the Cullen River, located on the Stuart Highway, which is scheduled for completion in 2011;
  • improving flood immunity on the Port Keats Road, scheduled for completion in 2012; and
  • upgrade of the Central Arnhem Road, scheduled for completion in 2012.

Communities across Northern Territory will benefit from the completion in 2010-11 of the following major projects:

  • The Tiger Brennan Drive Stuart Highway Intersection upgrade
  • Stage 2 of the Tiger Brennan Drive East Arm Port Access Road
  • Upgrade of the Buntine Highway
  • Construction of a high level bridge over the McArthur River
  • Upgrade of the Maryvale Road
  • Upgrade of the Plenty Highway

We will also continue funding a range of initiatives designed to make our highways and local roads safer:

  • $1.0 million to eliminate dangerous black spots on local roads; and
  • $1.3 million to strengthen the Illawarra Creek Bridge on the Buchanan Highway.

The 2010-11 Budget also provides $25.1 million to assist councils and shires in Northern Territory to maintain and upgrade their local roads of which $3.7 million has been brought forward into 2009-10.

As well as building and modernising the transport infrastructure vital to Australia’s long term productivity and prosperity, our $37 billion Nation Building Program helped shield the Northern Territory economies from the worst of last year’s global recession.

Within Northern Territory, as well as across the country, the Rudd Labor Government is building a national road network and an interstate rail system equal to the needs of the 21st century.