THE Northern Territory Government last week announced that work has begun on a Territory-wide planning study to prioritise infrastructure investment, with GHD Pty Ltd awarded the $1.19 million contract to undertake the Regional Infrastructure Study.
The study will determine what infrastructure is required to support economic development throughout the regional areas of the NT and will support the development of a 30-year NT Government Regional Infrastructure Plan by November this year.
Infrastructure Minister Peter Styles said the study will identify locations for future infrastructure investment across regional and remote parts of the Northern Territory that will unlock economic growth potential over the next 30 years.
"We are aiming to produce a prioritised program of regional infrastructure works for the whole of the Territory following extensive industry and local community consultation," Mr Styles said.
"The study will provide us with the evidence base needed to make better use of available funding in delivering essential infrastructure to support future resource, tourism, agriculture and the fisheries sectors and developing regional communities.
"Infrastructure development is the key enabler for the future development of Northern Australia."
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 led study is jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Government, with local government, industry groups and organisations expected to be closely involved in informing the final plan.