Budget 2024 Paves Way For Territory Roads

NT Government

The Lawler Labor Government is getting the Territory connected with Budget 2024 investing $2.3 billion into Territory transport infrastructure.

The Federal Government’s recently announced an additional $480 million budget investment in the Territory, which will pave the way for working opportunities and increased road safety across the Territory.

New key road projects for Territory roads and highways funded by the Australian Government include $120 million of National Highway network upgrades for the Stuart, Victoria and Barkly Highways, $72 million for upgrading and sealing Port Keats Road connecting Wadeye to Palumpa, $64 million for the Arnhem Highway Duplication and $64 million for the Berrimah Road duplication.

The Lawler Labor Government is delivering stronger, safer and more reliable roads for all Territorians. Major road projects already underway includes the $825 million to complete the sealing of the Tanami Road, the $344.5 million Outback Way project, and $415 million to upgrade and seal remote and regional roads under the NT Strategic Roads package. The $165 million Tiger Brennan Drive and Berrimah Road overpass is set to be complete by the end of this year.

A $2 million planning study is currently underway to assess and improve the Territory’s flood resilience on the Territory’s National Highway Network funded through the NT and Australian Government Disaster Ready Fund.

Recently the Territory Government awarded $3 million contract to local company Arnhem Earthmoving and Mechanical to repair flood damage on the Buchanan Highway with the works expected to support eight Territory workers.

The Lawler Government is also investing $7.4 million to repair flood damaged sections of the Stuart, Barkly and Tablelands Highways following major flood damage caused by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie. While temporary works were completed in 2023 to keep the roads open, this investment will restore the highways to pre-flood condition with local Territory companies Gulf Civil Pty Ltd and Remote Concrete NT set to commence the works next month.

Roads get the Territory moving, they get the Territory working, and the current transport infrastructure program includes another 10 critical projects worth over half a billion dollars combined, providing a steady pipeline of work for Territory businesses.

Quotes to attribute to Chief Minister Eva Lawler:

“Roads get the Territory moving, each and every region will benefit from the Labor Government’s record investment in infrastructure through Budget 2024.

“While this landmark joint investment will see bigger and better roads built, it also means current road infrastructure will be assessed and upgraded to ensure it is safe and fit for purpose.

“Budget 2024 means investing in year round connectively, it means work for young apprentices and it means improved road safety for you and your loved ones.”

Quotes to attribute to Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Joel Bowden:

“Budget 2024 has a $2.3 billion investment into the Territory’s transport infrastructure, and alongside the $480 million Federal Government boost this will deliver stronger, safer and more reliable roads for all Territorians.

“From major projects on our Territory highways to upgrading and sealing remote and regional roads across the NT, to undertaking future flood resilience for our roads, we are ensuring Territorians stay connected and have access to better and safer roads.

“This major investment into our roads and transport network will boost training, skills, social and economic opportunities and provide work for Territorians, businesses and suppliers.”

Northern Territory Government

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