$184 Million Infrastructure Package for Rural Communities in Australia

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

Crux of the Matter
  • The Liberal and Nationals Government in Australia 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.
  • 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.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said delivering critical road projects sooner, as part of a $100 billion pipeline, the $184 million package was a key part of the Government’s plan for a stronger economy.
  • The Australian Government is investing heavily in key roads across the Territory that are vital to improved safety and supporting the economy through improved connectivity to the regions and to our markets.
  • “These projects will benefit the Territory’s economy by improving regional freight roads such as the Mango Industry Roads in Litchfield, as well as improving the quality of life for Territorians, including the many Indigenous communities, that live in remote regions of the Northern Territory”, according to Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler.

Project Funding: 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 $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

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