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NT government awards contract for flood resilience on Stuart Highway

Giovanni Torre -

The Northern Territory government has awarded a $350,000 contract to GHD Pty Ltd to design flood immunity improvements on an 8 kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway near Daly Waters, south of Katherine.

The work is part of the Australian and Northern Territory governments' jointly funded $217 million Northern Territory Industry Roads program, which aims to upgrade priority roads "to support local industries such as pastoral, fishing and tourism enterprises".

The design will include an engineering survey and geotechnical investigation on the key transport and logistics route. In addition to providing flood resilience to this section of the Stuart Highway, the project aims to "improve connectivity, freight productivity and access, road safety and access to health and social services for remote communities", the Territory government said in a statement this weekend.

The construction tender will be released once the designs are completed, with works to commence mid-2025.

NT Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Joel Bowden said the government is building "a stronger, more resilient road network to improve the Territory's connectivity with the rest of Australia".

"We are planning for the future and these projects will improve flood resilience for the Territory's connections to the national Highway network," he said.

"By investing in the Territory's roads we continue to improve year round connectivity and unlock economic opportunities here in the NT."

Planning is underway to determine the scope of the remaining upgrades to be delivered under the Northern Territory Industry Roads program including engaging with industry and stakeholders.

The Territory government is also planning for and delivering long term upgrades along Central Arnhem Road, which connects Nhulunbuy to the Stuart Highway.

Douglas Partners Pty Ltd has been awarded a $990,000 contract to undertake geotechnical investigations on the Central Arnhem Road to inform three upgrade packages to improve flood immunity, road safety, travel time and accessibility.

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