17 Feb 2018
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
The Territory Labor Government is creating jobs, supporting tourism and facilitating private investment with the release today of a $40 million tender to realign and seal Gunn Point Road.
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said job-creation is the number one priority of Government.
“Creating jobs means creating opportunities for Territorians, and reasons to stay, live and invest in all that the Territory has to offer,” she said.
“This project will support around 380 jobs in construction over the rest of the year, and will facilitate many more jobs through improved access and usability for tourism, extractive industries and other commercial development and recreational activities in the area.
“Gunn Point Road is an access road to many very popular recreational fishing, camping and caravanning destinations close to Darwin, Palmerston and surrounding suburbs. There is great potential for more tourism development in his area.
“It has high usage by Police and Emergency Services, PowerWater, the Australian Defence Force and many other regular users.
“The upgrades will improve accessibility and safety for all road users and will support further growth in recreational fishing, tourism and development of the area.
“Commencing this work now will also facilitate and progress Project Sea Dragon, a $1.45 billion prawn aquaculture project that is expected to create around 1,500 jobs.”
A planning study, including community consultation, was undertaken for Gunn Point Road in October 2017.
The work will be delivered in three construction packages. Tenders are open for four weeks, with construction expected to commence in April 2018.
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