Half a billion dollars for NT roads: Scullion


p2254 Nigel Scullion 3 OKLETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – Freight operators throughout the NT will soon experience safer, faster and more reliable travel along key freight routes thanks to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $3.5bn Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.
The ROSI investments complement other road upgrade programs and investments underway in the north of Australia, building on our investments in the Northern Australia Roads Program and the Beef Roads Program.
The upgrades under ROSI will make a big difference to road reliability for all the freight operators and communities who rely on these essential corridors, increasing flood immunity and boosting safety and efficiency through sealing, realigning routes, building bridges and widening roads.
By improving access to health and social services, these corridor upgrades help to build on government initiatives intended to improve standards of living and equity for Indigenous communities.
The Australian Government investment in the NT is: Tennant Creek to Townsville $70m; Alice Springs to Darwin $162.3m; Newman to Katherine $40m; Alice Springs to Halls Creek $160m; Adelaide River to Wadeye $60m. Total $492.3m.
Nigel Scullion
Senator for Northern Territory


  1. Money for the Tanami is good news.
    That is the shortest distance from the food bowl to the Eastern markets and begs the question of why has it not been recognised that we are at the intersection of three major cross country highways, a national rail link and an International airport and created a National transport hub at Brewer to capitalise on it.
    Now add in the rapid advance of electric vehicles and electric trucks are going to revolutionise the transport industry here.
    Tesla have an electric truck on the market with a range of 500 km and huge cost savings over diesel with other trucking companies close behind.
    In addition the Halls Creek people are planning a transport hub in Kalgoorlie to cater for the same hub market.
    Once more we will be caught napping, as with the cultural centre.
    It’s no coincidence that Coober Pedy is installing massive solar and wind generation.


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