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Federal land transport funding for NT almost $33 million



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28 August 1991

FEDERAL LAND TRANSPORT FUNDING FOR NT ALMOST $33 MILLION

The Northern Territory will receive almost $33 million from the Hawke Government's 1991-92 Land Transport Program, Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, announced today.

This is two million dollars more than the average for the past three financial years and almost 30 per cent more than the Federal Government allocation in 1989-90.

Mr Brown said $30.7 million would be spent on road maintenance and construction in 1991-92, with the remainder allocated to specific 'Black Spots' road safety improvements and urban public transport projects. -

'This sum does not include funding for local roads, which will be distributed to the Territory Government and councils via general purpose assistance grants in 1991-92', Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown said the Territory's National Roads allocation in recent years had been historically high and well above its allotment relative to the States and the ACT, even allowing for its length of National Roads and decentralised population.

'Federal road funding to the Territory was inflated even further last financial year because $5 million approved under the Provincial Cities and Rural Highways Program was allocated up front in the first year, rather than

over three years, as was the case in the states', he said.

'It is true that this year's allocations to the Northern Territory comes at a time of severe budgetary restraint.

'However, in 1991-92 the Territory will still receive more National Roads money than Tasmania, which has a population approaching half a million people'.

Media contact: Brian Hill (06) 277 7440 (w)

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