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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Transport and Communication 177 Northern Territory Economy While passenger numbers departing from Darwin to international destinations is expected to increase, passenger numbers associated with international tourists visiting the Territory are expected to continue declining as a result of the high Australian dollar and weak economic conditions in key source markets (see Chapter 13: Tourism). There are more than 36 000 kilometres of roads in the Territory, about 22000kilometres of which are administered by the Territory Government. The administered network is comprised of national highways (12 per cent), arterial roads (19 per cent) and local roads (69 per cent). Of these roads about 69 per cent are unsealed. As the Territory is characterised by a small and widely dispersed population, the construction and maintenance of roads has always been a priority for the Territory Government. Between 2007-08 and 2011-12, approximately $1.5 billion was committed to the capital works and repairs and maintenance programs for roads, an average of $309.6 million per year. Of this, 71.1percent was for capital works with the remainder for repairs and maintenance. Over this period and including 2012-13, there have been a number of significant projects to upgrade the road network in urban, rural and remote areas, including: continued improvement to the Stuart, Victoria and Barkly highways; major improvements in the Darwin and Palmerston area through the TigerBrennan Drive extension and Vanderlin Drive duplication, and the Berrimah Road rail overpass to the Port of Darwin; improved access to remote communities, including upgrades to the Central Arnhem Road, Port Keats Road, Daly River Road, Fog Bay Road, Nauiyu access road, and Umbakumba Road; major upgrades to community, beef and mining roads, including the Tanami Road, Maryvale Road, Wollogorang Road (including the McArthurRiver bridge), and the Capentaria, Plenty and Buntine Highways; and the construction of road safety infrastructure, flood immunity improvements and strengthening and widening of selected sections of the Territory national network. Road transport in the form of road trains, light trucks and buses is being used extensively for the construction phase of the Ichthys workers accommodation village at Howard Springs and the Ichthys LNG plant. The Territory is linked to the national rail network through the Darwin to Tarcoola railroad. The 2200 kilometre railroad is owned and operated by Genesee and Wyoming (G&W), which runs weekly services with a fleet of locomotives worth over $100 million. The railroad is a significant corridor for freight and bulk transportation, particularly for minerals. Weekly services include six intermodal freight train services and 24 bulk train services. In 2011-12, the railroad carried 3.2million tonnes of goods, a decline of 3.0percent from 2010-11, due to Road Transport Rail Transport