►Building infrastructure for Lingiari's future
Super Fast Broadband
The Labor Government will bring high speed broadband to every house, school and business in the Territory through the new $43 billion National Broadband Network.
The following Territory towns will be connected to the new optical fibre network, offering internet speeds up to one hundred times faster than before:
- Alice Springs
- Howard Springs
- Humpty Doo
- McMinn's Lagoon
- Virginia-Bees Creek
- Robertson Barracks
- Tennant Creek
Other areas across the Territory won't miss out and will have access to next generation wireless and satellite services with speeds of up to 12 megabits per second. This would provide average data rates more than twenty times higher than most users experience today.
Better, safer roads and bridges
A record $641 million--an 85 per cent increase--is being invested in the Territory in roads, an unprecedented amount of investment from which individuals and businesses in Lingiari will benefit.
The completion of the $10.1 million project to construct a new high level bridge over the Cullen River near Katherine will mean that the Katherine region will no longer be cut off by flooding during heavy rains after the bridge's completion. The works also include now overtaking lanes on the Stuart Highway to improve safety for the highway's users.
This is just one of many road infrastructure projects to benefit communities across the Territory, including:
- Improving flood immunity on the Port Keats Road for completion in 2012; and
- Upgrade of the Central Arnhem Road for completion in 2012
In addition to this, the Federal Labor Government has already provided $82 million for NT Community, Beef and Mining roads, including:
- Works on the Tanami Road
- Works on the Plenty and Buntine Highways, Maryvale Road, Hugh River Stock Route
- Works on the Central Arnhem Roads
- Construction of a high level bridge over the McArthur River at Borroloola
- Upgrade of the Maryvale Road and the Hugh River Stock Route, Central Australia
- Upgrade of the Plenty Highway north east of Alice Springs
$160 million has also been provided to fund a program of works designed to improve flood immunity, road safety and productivity on Northern Territory Highways:
- Provision of overtaking lanes on the Stuart Highway between Katherine and Darwin
- A strengthening and widening program across the NT National Network
- Upgrading and construction of truck parking bays and rest areas across the NT National Network
- Other flood immunity measures across the NT National Network
Fixing black spots to make roads safer
The Labor Government will also continue to make Lingiari highways and local roads safer through $499,000 in funding to eliminate dangerous black spots on local roads. The approved projects in Lingiari are:
- The intersection of Larapinta Drive and Lovegrove Drive in Alice Springs. $200,000 in federal funds is being provided to install turning lanes and a median refuge.
- The intersection of Whitewood Road and Hillier Road in Howard Springs: $159,000 to install lighting and upgrade the intersection
- The intersection of Girraween Road and Hillier Road in Girraween: $140,000 to install lighting, relocate a power pole and upgrade line marking
Roads to Recovery Program
The 2010-11 Budget also provides $25.1 million to assist councils and shires in the Territory to maintain and upgrade their local roads of which $3.7 million has been brought forward into 2009-10.
This includes the Roads to Recovery Program which will help councils and shires in Lingiari maintain their local roads. To see how your local shire is benefiting from this funding, please visit the Roads to Recovery Program website.
The Federal Government is also contributing $1.3 million to strengthen the Illawarra Creek Bridge on the Buchanan Highway, Victoria River District, which will improve safety for the users of the bridge.