THE Northern Territory Government last week announced that it is set to undertake a Territory-wide planning study to prioritise and develop vital infrastructure investment in regional areas to help support resource-related economic development.
Transport Minister Peter Styles said the Territory was open for business and was committed to building a prosperous economy that would continue to secure local and national infrastructure investment.
"We will be undertaking a Territory-wide planning study from February next year, to prioritise and align infrastructure investment with the drivers of the Northern Territory economy," Mr Styles said.
"The study will deliver a regional infrastructure plan, which will identify the investment required in the Northern Territory over the next 30 years, ultimately leading in to the 30-year NT Government Regional Infrastructure Plan."
Mr Styles said the government would use the study to produce a prioritised program of recommended regional infrastructure works.
The Minister added that the study will assist with making better use of available funding in delivering essential infrastructure to support the future resource, tourism, agriculture and fisheries sectors and developing regional communities.
According to the government, the study will identify:
- Transport infrastructure needs – across the entire logistics supply chain including roads, bridges, ports, rail and aerodromes;
- Utility infrastructure needs – power, water, waste water, telecommunications; and
- General community infrastructure needs (housing, schools, health centres, trade training centres).
The Department of Transport will take the lead on the study, with significant input from the other government agencies, including Community Services, Power and Water, Treasury and Finance and Department of the Chief Minister.
The study will commence from February 2014 for a 10 month period, with expected completion in the final quarter of 2014. It is being undertaken with $1.2 million in funding from the Australian Government's Regional Infrastructure Fund and $300,000 of in-kind support from the NT Government.