The Territory Labor Government is investing $4.7million dollars to address infrastructure deficiencies in remote communities through the Strategic Local Government Infrastructure Fund grants.
Minister for Local Government, Gerry McCarthy said these grants will provide regional and shire councils a significant capital injection to improving infrastructure in their local area and to address matters which they would otherwise have limited capacity to resolve.
"When our remote communities and regions are strong, the Territory is strong. We are improving the lives of people living in the bush and creating jobs through better infrastructure and amenities," he said.
"Regional councils in Central Australia, Barkly, Tiwi Islands, Roper Gulf, the Victoria Daly region, East and West Arnhem, and the smaller Coomalie, Belyuen and Wagait, will receive grant funding."
"Some of the works that will be delivered include upgrades to internal roads and crossings including resealing, improved drainage and new traffic signage."
"Some sporting and recreational areas will also receive upgrades to shade covers, landscaping and irrigation."
"Council housing and facilities will also be improved in a number of areas."
Local Member for Arafura, Lawrence Costa said this funding will see a new ferry purchased for the Tiwi Islands.
"Ferrying is a major mode of transportation for the Tiwi communities. This new vessel will hold a larger capacity for passengers, cargo and vehicles and is a much needed replacement to our existing one," Mr. Costa said.
"It will also allow for more tourists to travel to the area and experience our culture, wildlife and popular sporting matches"
Sourec: NTG Media Room