Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

NT Community, Beef and Mining Roads Package - Upgrade of the Central Arnhem Road

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2010 - Late 2014
Estimated Project Cost:$42,282,000
Australian Government Contribution:$40,000,000

Project Description

The Australian Government provided $77 million under the Community, Beef and Mining Roads Improvement Programme in partnership with the Northern Territory Government which contributed $34.5 million to remote communities for better roads. This funding improved outcomes in road standards for a range of road projects in rural areas of the Northern Territory.

The Central Arnhem Road project which formed part of the Community, Beef and Mining Roads Improvement Package provided construction of a section of road realignment, strengthened and widened pavement at approaches to new submersible single lane bridges and associated floodways at the Mainoru River Crossings, Goyder River and Badalngarrmirri (Donydji) River Crossings.


The benefits from this project include:

  • a reduction in the frequency and length of the periodic road closures which isolate indigenous communities;
  • improved safety for all users of the road
  • a reduction in transport operation costs


The Australian Government provided $40 million to the Central Arnhem Road project in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.


Construction commenced on the first of the works in December 2010. The full programme was completed in December 2014.

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Project details last updated: 30/09/2019