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Northern Territory Regional Infrastructure Study – Supporting Resources Sector Development

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Funding Programme:Regional Infrastructure Fund
Status:Underway
Transport Mode:Inter-modal facility
Expected Start/Finish:June 2013 - Late 2016
Estimated Project Cost:$1,500,000
Australian Government Contribution:$1,200,000
State:NT

Project Description

The Northern Territory Regional Infrastructure Study will draw on existing plans, infrastructure audits and data to inform a detailed audit and forecast of the key resource infrastructure needs and capacity constraints. Three infrastructure components will be the focus of the Study:

  • General Community Infrastructure; 
  • Utilities Infrastructure; and 
  • Transport Infrastructure.

Benefits

The outcome of the Study will be a prioritised program of recommended regional infrastructure that will support future resource sector and regional community development.

The benefits provided to disadvantaged Aboriginal people living in remote towns and communities from regional mining activity and infrastructure development is very important from both a social and economic viewpoint.

Good quality transport infrastructure is a key enabler for remote Indigenous towns in the Northern Territory to access essential services and participate in training, employment and business opportunities. Many of these communities are located in proximity to current or proposed mining activity.

While some communities already provide service and support roles to the mining industry, there is future potential for other communities to undertake this role while gaining from the prospective social and economic benefits.

Funding

The Australian Government is contributing $1.2 million towards the Study, with the Northern Territory Government contributing $300,000.

Timetable

The Study is expected to be completed in Late 2016.

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Project details last updated: 2/08/2016