The NT government has pledged $1.52 million in infrastructure upgrades to East Arnhem Regional Council to improve road safety and support economic development.
Chief Minister, Adam Giles, said the government has made significant progress in reviving East Arnhem communities in the aftermath of Cyclone Lam and Nathan earlier this year.
The infrastructure upgrades hope to seal Burmala Road and Gakudu Street, reconstruct Wakirana Street, along with repair other key residential and communal roads.
“The Northern Territory Government isn’t only focussing on rebuilding, we’re looking to partner with regional service providers to strengthen the affected communities whether that be improved infrastructure, better services or new economic projects,” Giles said.
“Roads in Galiwin’ku are in a poor condition, which the Council is addressing in part through a scheduled renewal program.”
Several houses were destroyed following the cyclone with entire communities left without power and drinking water.
Minister for Transport, Peter Chandler, said the cyclone caused integral damage to the social fabric of the East Arnhem community.
“A key aim in the recovery and rebuilding approach is to build resilience in infrastructure to ensure communities are better equipped to deal with cyclones in the future,” Chandler said.
“The road network upgrade complements extensive electricity network upgrades across the three most affected communities which will see the low voltage networks safer and more easily restored in future cyclone events.”
The upgrade is expected to create essential jobs for those living within the East Arnhem Regional communities.
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