NT keeps tight rein on infrastructure spending

More heavy trucks to be added to government fleet but nothing for abattoir infrastructure

May 2, 2012

The Northern Territory will expand its heavy vehicle fleet by 28 to 600 in the coming financial year, its Budget papers show.

The NT Government will also look to keep its greenhouse gas emissions reduction on target, with last year’s 7 percent reduction expected to slow to 2 percent in 2011-12.

The Land Development Corporation will spend $3.2 million on consolidating and enhancing the East Arm Logistics Precinct common user area and the Defence Support Hub for use by industry.

It will make $3.9 million available for further port
land reclamation and $2.5 million to improve its sometimes troubled bulk loading systems environmental performance and build its capabilities.

It is also looking at a multipurpose incinerator for treatment of quarantine wastes.

The Darwin Port Corporation is expected to be worth $4.3 million in dividends to the government.

Not mentioned in infrastructure spending is Australian Agriculture Company’s proposed $80 million-$85 million, 1,000 cattle a day-capacity abattoir.

A development application lodged last October was granted on Monday, with go-ahead pending government infrastructure funding.

The company has estimated reduced distances, transport and freight costs of about 6.5 million kilometres a year for relevant cattle producers once the export facility, planned for Livingstone, 50 km south-east of Darwin, is operational.

"The NT Government has committed just under $1million for a minor upgrade of the Stuart Highway, but commercial negotiations are still continuing with the Port of Darwin and the Power and Water Corporation on user charges," AAco Managing Director David Farley says.

"The AAco Board will be in a position to make its final investment decision on the project once these commercial negotiations are complete and we have thoroughly reviewed the permit conditions and any impact they may have on the commerciality of the project."

The company has reportedly asked for $35 million in general infrastructure spending to help get the project running but roads spending as a whole will lose $47 million

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