THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
DAMIAN HALE MP
Member for Solomon
11 May 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,” Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said.
“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,” Member for Solomon, Damian Hale said.
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 at Borroloola
· Upgrade of the Maryvale Road and the Hugh River Stock Route
· Upgrade of the Plenty Highway
The Rudd Government will also continue funding a range of initiatives designed to make our highways and local roads safer:
· $1 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.
This includes the Roads to Recovery program, which will help the following councils and shires in Lingiari maintain their local roads:
Alice Springs Town Council: $341,000
Barkly Shire Council: $168,000
Belyuen Community Government Council: $11,000
Central Desert Shire Council: $303,000
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council: $54,000
Coomallie Community Government Council: $137,000
East Arnhem Shire Council: $362,000
Katherine Town Council: $223,000
Litchfield Council: $824,000
LGA of NT: $409,000
MacDonnell Shire Council: $287,000
Northern Territory of Australia: $4,600,000
Roper Gulf Shire Council: $339,000
Shire of Christmas Island: $131,000
Tiwi Islands Shire Council: $312,000
Victoria Daly Shire Council: $538,000
Wagait Shire Council: $19,000
West Arnhem Shire Council: $403,000
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 Government is building a national road network and an interstate rail system equal to the needs of the 21st century.
Jeff Singleton (Albanese) 0410 476 890
Alice Plate (Snowdon) 0400 045 999
Amy Davis (Hale) 0409 453 938