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BUDGET 2018: More jobs with $1.45 billion investment in infrastructure

07 May, 18

NT Government: The Gunner Labor Government is investing heavily in infrastructure in Budget 2018 to create more jobs, attract and retain more people, and deliver a brighter future for all Territorians.

Treasurer Nicole Manison said the investment in roads, housing, health, education, schools and tourism infrastructure will drive generational change across the Territory.


“Our $1.45 billion spend includes $626.4 million for Territory roads,” Ms Manison said.

“Roads are the lifeblood of the Territory, improving economic opportunities and creating jobs,” Ms Manison said.

Projects include:

  • $76 million to upgrade the Adelaide River flood plain section on the Arnhem Highway,

  • $38 million for Barneson Boulevard,

  • $98 million for Keep River Plains Road, providing sealed access at Point Ceylon and upgrading and sealing Gunn Point Road to support Project Sea Dragon,

  • $11.8 million to continue upgrades to improve the cattle supply chain on the Barkly Stock Route,

  • $23.8 million to continue to extend the seal on the Plenty Highway,

  • $5 million capital grant to Tiwi Regional Council to employ a local Aboriginal enterprise to undertake Tiwi Island road upgrades,

  • $5 million for Maryvale Road upgrades in 2019-20,

  • $12 million for work on the Coolalinga intersection,

  • $2.5 million to extend the seal on the Tanami Road,

  • $5 million to seal the Central Arnhem Road between the Bulman community and airstrip,

  • $9.9 million to upgrade bridges on the Tablelands Highway, improving access and removing load restrictions, and

  • a commitment to match funding from the Alice Springs Town Council to upgrade Ilparpa Road, up to $2.5 million.


Minister Manison said every Territorian deserves to access to quality housing and Budget 2018 invests $761.4 million to improve housing conditions across the Territory.

  • $171.2 million in Territory funding to continue the $1.1 billion 10-year Remote Housing Investment Package with the Australian Government providing an additional $110 million a year for five years,

  • $63.5 million to support the rollout of new housing by preparing land and setting up electrical, water and sewerage infrastructure,

  • $61 million for new and upgraded urban public housing, and

  • $25.5 million over two years to address urgent infrastructure upgrades in town camps.


Budget 2018 also invests $79 million in health infrastructure, helping Territorians to live healthier and longer lives. This includes:

  • more than $8.8 million for upgrades to Alice Springs Hospital

  • $1.2 million for renal‑ready rooms in remote communities

  • $8.9 million to refurbish and expand the renal care facility at Nightcliff

  • $8.7 million for Royal Darwin Hospital’s new positron emission tomography (PET) scanner

  • $2.65 million for a hydrotherapy pool at the new Palmerston Regional Hospital


Our kids deserve the best possible education and Budget 2018 provides more than $130 million to our Territory schools.

  • 45 schools will improve their facilities this year, with our $300 000 grant under the Building Better Schools initiative,

  • $15.9 million for the Bullocky Point performing arts and multipurpose hall at Darwin Middle School,

  • $18.1 million for the Darwin High School redevelopment and expansion to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEAM) subjects, courses and activities,

  • $15 million for site servicing for the future government school in Zuccoli and a shared community recreational oval, and

  • $3.7 million for stage 1 of the redevelopment of Ludmilla Primary School.

Community safety

Budget 2018 has made community safety a priority, whether it be protecting Territorians from crime or natural disasters, our government has invested heavily to keep Territorians safe.

  • $70 million for the construction of a fit-for purpose youth justice training centre in Darwin and Alice Springs

  • $45 million in 2019/20 to revitalise John Stokes Square, including a new Nightcliff police station.

  • $28.2 million to fast-track the 24-hour Palmerston police station

  • To assist flood mitigation in Alice Springs $500 000 will be provided in 2018/19 for digital modelling. In 2019/20 $500 000 will be used to design the best flood mitigation solution for the Central Australian region, and a further $10 million has also been approved on the forward works list for construction of a detention basin.

  • The undergrounding power program scrapped by the CLP will be reinstated by the Gunner Labor Government. An initial $5 million will be spent, with $10 million ongoing per annum.

  • $4.5 million for a new Bushfires NT headquarters in the Darwin rural area

Lifestyle and Community Infrastructure

  • $66 million to progress the City Deals projects including an underground carpark in Darwin and revitalising the Alice Springs CBD

  • $27.6 million for headworks and subdivision works in Berrimah North, Borroloola, Darwin Waterfront, Larapinta and Palmerston East

  • $30 million to enhance art galleries in Arnhem, Katherine and Tennant Creek as part of the National Iconic Arts Trail

  • $11.9 million to establish an adventure cycling track in West MacDonnell National Park

Sea, air and communications in the bush

  • $8.5 million over four years for aerodrome works in Elcho Island, Wadeye, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Bathurst Island and Ali Curung.

  • $14 million over four years to partner with Telstra to improve mobile phone and broadband telecommunications infrastructure through a new round of the Remote Telecommunications Co‑investment Program.


  • Tourism will be turbocharged, and jobs will be created for tradies through our $52.5 million for new tourism infrastructure.

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