Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995
Parliamentary Record 11
Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997
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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 Mr MANZIE: Mr Speaker, Hopewell Road is a council road for which the Litchfield Shire Council has responsibility. The council has made an offer to the government for it actually to take over that road and make it a government road. Obviously, there will be further discussion on that proposition. In terms of local roads, the governments primary focus for 1995-96 is the upgrading of key tourism industry development roads as follows: Edith Falls road - provide a double-lane bridge at a cost of S900 000; Litchfield National Park road - upgrade the Upper Finniss River crossing (Batchelor access) at a cost of $500 000; and, in the Alice Springs region, drainage improvements and widening of the seal on the Ernest Giles Road near Kings Canyon are to be carried out at a cost of $300 000. In addition, the government intends to carry out various roadworks in parks and reserves throughout the Northern Territory at a cost of $500 000 as priorities in terms of the Tourism Master Plan. Further, the Point Stuart road is to be upgraded and sealed over a distance of 11 km at a cost of $500 000. The current access is a gravel road, subject to wet season closure, which causes disruption to live cattle exports. The Fogg Bay road will receive minor realignment with gravelling over a distance of 14 km from its intersection with the Cox Peninsula road. In 1995-96, the government will continue to honour its commitment to the upgrading of key urban arterial roads. One of the more notable projects is the extension of Tiger Brennan Drive from Hook Road to Berrimah. Earthworks and drainage are to be carried out at a cost of $2.1m. This project is a further stage in a roadway which eventually will link the Darwin central business district, the East Arm port and Palmerston. In 1995-96, the government proposes to spend $150 000 on landscaping the urban corridor in Darwin from the airport to the central business district. At the same time, $150 000 has been allocated for urban arterial road landscaping in Alice Springs. Arterial landscaping has been implemented progressively over recent years. These projects target filling in the gaps where limited landscaping has been completed, and are consistent with the objectives of the urban enhancement program. The government also proposes to carry out road network developments in 1995-96, in the Katherine/Daly Rivers basin, with links to the Edith Farms, Beasley Road and Fiorina Road, at a cost of $2m. Work will commence from the Katherine end to provide an upgrading of the access roads to the Edith Farms area. In keeping with the governments aim of making the Territory a unique tourism experience in the outback, further development of integrated 4-wheel-drive network access across the Northern Territory has been included in the 1995-96 minor works program. Tourism research has confirmed the market for 4-wheel-drive adventure tourism, and this project will provide an extension to the existing network. I turn now to the repairs and maintenance of roads reflected in the 1995-96 budget. The repairs and maintenance budget for roads reflects an increase of approximately $2.1m. This funding level will service maintenance activities necessary to keep the roads network in a safe and serviceable condition. Northern Territory roads sustained considerable flood damage due to the record rainfall in January this year. The estimated flood damage throughout the Northern Territory has been assessed at approximately $4.2m. The government approved an immediate $2m allocation to the 1994-95 repairs and maintenance program to get work started on road repairs, with another $2m approved for that work in the budget for 1995-96. 3484
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