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NT Community, Beef and Mining Roads Package

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2009 - Late 2014
Estimated Project Cost:$111,500,000
Australian Government Contribution:$77,000,000

Project Description

The Australian Government committed $77 million under the Community, Beef and Mining Roads Improvement Program in partnership with the Northern Territory Government which will contribute $34.5 million to remote communities for better roads. This funding will benefit a range of road projects in rural areas of the Northern Territory by delivering improved outcomes in road standards for the sector.

Seven Roads were identified under the Program including:

  • Upgrade of the Tanami Road ($6 million);
  • Sealing of the Buntine Highway ($7 million);
  • Upgrade of the Plenty Highway ($8 million);
  • Improving flood immunity on Port Keats Road ($11 million);
  • Upgrade of the Central Arnhem Road ($40 million);
  • High level bridge over the McArthur River at Borroloola ($3 million); and
  • Upgrade of the Maryvale Road and Hugh River Stock Route ($2 million).


Upgrades to roads included high level bridges, sealing, pavement strengthening, widening and approaches to crossings. The improvements will provide better access for regional communities by keeping roads open longer during the wet season. The works will also reduce the imposition of weight restrictions, travel time and vehicle operating costs, improving safety for pastoral and mining industries as well as local communities.


The Australian Government provided $77 million to the projects, in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.


The works commenced in 2009 and were carried out progressively to December 2014.

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Project details last updated: 12/02/2016