Travel and trade in the north is becoming easier, with 31 of the 37 projects committed to under the government’s $700 million Northern Australia roads programs now approved.
Construction on one project, which delivered upgrades to the Kennedy Developmental Road in Queensland is already complete. Works on two of the projects in the Northern Territory is underway delivering upgrades to the Buntine and Plenty highways, with construction expected to commence on the Tjukaruru Road and Tablelands Highway shortly.
Another 13 roads and highways across Queensland and Western Australia are being upgraded including the:
- Kennedy Developmental Road (one further project - Queensland)
- Flinders Highway (two projects - Queensland)
- Richmond to Croydon Road (two projects - Queensland)
- Ootann Road (two projects - Queensland)
- Cloncurry to Dajarra (Queensland)
- Clermont to Alpha Road (Queensland)
- Marble Bar Road (Western Australia)
- Great Northern Highway (two projects - Western Australia)
- Broome – Cape Leveque Road (Western Australia)
In addition to the construction works underway, development and design works are progressing for the Adelaide River Floodplain project on the Arnhem Highway in the Northern Territory.
Another eight projects are expected to start by the end of the year including the:
- Tablelands Highway (Northern Territory)
- Tjukaruru Road (Northern Territory)
- Barkly Stock Route (Northern Territory)
- Richmond to Winton Road (two projects - Queensland)
- Clermont to Alpha Road (one further project - Queensland)
- Diamantina Developmental Road (Queensland)
- Capricorn Highway (Rockhampton – Duaringa) (Queensland)
The government is continuing its commitment to the north with further funding of $1.5 billion for the Roads of Strategic Importance – Northern Australia package announced in the 2018–19 budget.
The package is upgrading key roads across the north to improve reliability, producers’ access to markets and communities’ access to services.
The 2018 Budget also included a further $160 million to seal and widen sections of the Outback Way, which links Winton in Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia, via the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. This takes the total Australian Government commitment to the route to $330 million.