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

Northern Territory Gas Industry Roads Upgrades

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2023 - Mid 2028
Estimated Project Cost:$217,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$173,600,000
Local Council/Shire:Katherine Town Council,Pine Creek Community Government Council

Project Description

This investment will upgrade priority sections of roads in the Northern Territory to support the development of gas resources in and around the Beetaloo Sub-basin. This project forms part of the Australian Government’s gas-fired recovery plan to increase Australia’s gas supply and deliver reliable and affordable energy for Australians.

Road upgrades will include strengthening and widening, flood immunity works and road safety improvements. The upgrades will provide crucial enabling infrastructure for the bourgeoning gas sector as well as supporting industry and business by providing more reliable freight links. The upgrades will also enhance social equity in the Northern Territory by providing more efficient and reliable access to key essential services such as education, health and time-critical emergency services.

Sections for road upgrades will be prioritised based on investigations, assessments and analysis of the road conditions, vehicle accident data, and community and stakeholder consultations conducted by the Northern Territory Government.


  • Improved efficiency and network reliability
  • Improved freight productivity and access to freight gateways
  • Improved road safety for all road users
  • Improved connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets


The Australian Government will contribute $173.6 million to the $217 million total project cost, in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.


This project is expected to start construction in early 2023 and be finished by mid 2028.

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Project details last updated: 25/10/2022