This initiative addresses infrastructure problems in three remote regions of the Northern Territory:
- Jabiru, and the Arnhem Highway, which connects Jabiru to Darwin
- Wadeye (Port Keats) and other nearby remote communities, and the Port Keats Road, which connects Wadeye to Darwin
- The Tiwi Islands.
These remote communities lack the infrastructure required for sustainable economic and social development.
- key road corridors, such as the Arnhem Highway and the Daly River Road, can be severely impacted by floods during the wet season, severing land transport access for remote communities for extended periods of time
- essential services infrastructure, such as water storage and sewerage management, is not always adequate for the population it supports
- demand for community infrastructure, such as youth centres and public housing, can often outstrip the available supply.
These infrastructure deficiencies constrain the economic development of these remote regions and can impose significant social costs on the local populations.
This initiative proposes a portfolio of upgrades to road infrastructure, as well as a range of essential services and community infrastructure upgrades to support economic and social development:
- road upgrades to improve the accessibility and flood resilience of key road networks
- upgrades to provide new or improved water storage facilities and wastewater management facilities in a number of remote population centres
- upgrades to provide additional public housing and upgrades to social infrastructure, such as community centres and youth centres.
The Adelaide River Floodplain upgrade on the Arnhem Highway is under delivery.
Proponent to complete business case development (Stage 3 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).