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Tony Abbott to cut infrastructure investment in the Territory



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Campaign Media Release Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

TONY ABBOTT TO CUT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN THE TERRITORY

Tony Abbott’s infrastructure plan for the Northern Territory is a con.

As his Infrastructure and Transport spokesperson Warren Truss has confirmed, they will cut infrastructure spending here in the Territory by at least $90 million to help pay for Mr Abbott’s $70 billion of promises, including his extravagant, unfair and unaffordable Paid Parental Leave scheme.

The first to go if there’s a change of government will be a package of works targeting six important regional roads, including:

 Strengthening and widening sections of Roper Highway as well as improving its flood immunity.

 Sealing sections of Port Keats Road as well as improving its flood immunity.

 Replacing the gravel along poor sections of the Santa Teresa Way.

 Erecting a new bridge over Rocky Bottom Creek on Central Arnhem Road.

 Strengthening, widening and sealing sections of Buntine Highway.

 Replacing the gravel along poor sections of the Arnhem Link Road.

When it comes to infrastructure, Tony Abbott is a pretender.

Australia already has a Prime Minister that knows the importance of nation building infrastructure. Under Kevin Rudd’s leadership, the Federal Labor Government has doubled the roads budget, lifted investment in rail tenfold and committed more funding to urban public transport than all our predecessors since Federation combined.

Here in the Territory, we have almost doubled annual infrastructure spending from $275 to $458 per Territorian - real money for real projects which will make a real difference.

In fact in partnership with the former Henderson Labor Government, we have delivered the largest federally-funded road project in the Territory’s history - the $110 million upgrade and extension of Tiger Brennan Drive, which has cut travel times between Darwin and Palmerston by up to 20 minutes. We are also delivering a further $70 million to get work underway to improve the section of Tiger Brennan Drive between Berrimah Road and Darwin’s CBD.

The choice before Territorians is clear: if you want good infrastructure, then you’ve got to vote Labor on 7 September.

DARWIN 29 AUGUST 2013

NATION BUILDING PROGRAM: NORTHERN TERRITORY

Federal Labor is investing a record $1.1 billion to renew and expand the Territory’s road infrastructure, with an instalment of $108 million being provided this financial year alone to progress a number of large and smaller scale projects.

All up, we’ve nearly doubled annual federal infrastructure spending from $275 to $458 per Territorian.

EXISTING PROJECTS

Over the coming 12 months work will continue on a range of projects, including:

 Strengthening, widening and straightening sections of Central Arnhem

Road as well as erecting new concrete bridges over the Goyder and Donydji rivers.  Federal contribution: $40 million.

 Strengthening and widening the Arnhem Highway between the Stuart

Highway and Jabiru as well as improving its flood immunity and delivering targeted safety upgrades.  Federal contribution: $20 million.

As part of our $160 million Flood Immunity, Safety and Productivity Package, work will also continue on:

 Strengthening and widening sections of the Stuart, Victoria and Barkly highways so as to provide better, all-weather access for local miners and cattlemen as well as tourists.  Federal contribution: $63 million.

 Construction of new parking bays and rest areas as well as upgrades to

key intersections along the Stuart, Victoria and Barkly highways to better accommodate road trains.  Federal contribution: $28 million.

 Installing 16 additional overtaking lanes along the Stuart Highway

between Katherine and Darwin.  Federal contribution: $19 million.

NEW PROJECTS

Following consultations with the State Government and Infrastructure Australia, this year’s Federal Budget added the following projects to our capital works program:

 Regional Roads Productivity Package to upgrade six regional roads, with

work expected to start in 2014-15: o Strengthening and widening sections of the Roper Highway as well as improving its flood immunity. o Sealing sections of Port Keats Road as well as improving its flood

immunity. o Replacing gravel on poor sections of the Santa Teresa Way. o construction of a new bridge over Rocky Bottom Creek on Central

Arnhem Road. o Strengthening, widening and sealing sections of the Buntine Highway. o Replacing gravel on poor sections of Arnhem Link Road.

 Federal contribution: $90 million.

 Widening the last section of Tiger Brennan Drive between Berrimah

Road and Darwin’s CBD, with work expected to commence late 2013.  Federal contribution: $70 million.

The 2013-14 Budget continues funding for a range of initiatives which improve the Territory’s local roads and make them safer:

 $0.8 million to eliminate more dangerous black spots.

 $29.7 million to assist councils across the Territory to maintain and

upgrade their local roads.  $6.3 million to strengthen 4 bridges, provide 4 new or upgraded truck

parking bays and 2 cattle loading ramps for heavy vehicle drivers and livestock transporters.

Funding for these projects is already included in the Budget.

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600