NT Government asks Rudd to deliver on road funding promise

By: Jason Whittaker


Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Delia Lawrie will today meet with her federal counterpart to ensure the Rudd

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Delia Lawrie will today meet with her federal counterpart to ensure the Rudd Government follows through with its election promise of road funding for the Territory.

With the $110 million Tiger Brennan Drive extension beginning shortly, Lawrie wants to discuss with Minister for Transport Anthony Albanese when the Federal Government’s road package will be implemented.
"During the Federal election the Rudd Government committed a comprehensive roads package of $386 million to the Territory and we will be discussing the best timing to roll out this funding," Lawrie says.

According to Lawrie, having Labor in power at a federal, state and territory level will result in more being done to address infrastructure deficiencies.
"All Territorians stand to benefit from the new era of cooperation between the Territory and Commonwealth Government and the road funding commitments will deliver vital infrastructure," she says.

Lawrie is also heading to Canberra for Friday’s Australian Transport Council meeting.
"The agenda tackles road infrastructure and transport safety and logistics," she says.
"The Rudd Government will outline their new Infrastructure Australia process to address infrastructure capacity constraints."

The agenda will also include a vote on whether to increase registration as well as fuel charges, which the industry warns may push up inflation because higher charges will be passed on to consumers.

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