Northern Territory welcomes budget's investment in road infrastructure

With the ongoing disappointment surrounding announcements made in the federal budget last week, one state is more than happy with the result.

The Northern Territory, with its expansive road network, always requires significant upgrades to keep up with the countless fleet services travelling on its highways - and this budget has delivered.

Treasurer Joe Hockey announced there will be a $408.1 million investment in the roads in the state which has Member for Daly Gary Higgins happy with the improved road safety and economic opportunities. There is also another $30 million set aside for strategic and economic development roads.

The upgrades include $20 million to seal two important parts of the Port Keats Road between Peppimenarti and Palumpa and flood protection for sections of Yellow Creek near Wadeye.

"Drivers often hit the flooded Yellow Creek just after crossing the new Daly Bridge, and are stuck on a road to nowhere," Mr Higgins said.

"That means local residents, people in the agricultural industry and tourists cannot reap the full benefits of our new bridge, until this section of road is improved."

The Northern Territory is one of Australia's untapped hubs in terms of economic development and with better roads, Mr Higgins believes more businesses will invest in the state.

He said upgrades to the Port Keats Road will create more opportunities for employment and companies travelling to the area.

"While I would like to see all of the $30 million invested in the Port Keats Road, I understand I will have a fight on my hands against my colleagues looking to improve roads in their own electorate," he said.

Fleet managers in the Northern Territory will welcome the development plans, but are also suggested to invest in fleet management software that can manage vehicle service and maintenance along the often old state roads. 

With opportunities opening up in the north, it is a good time to invest in making sure your fleet is up to the challenge.

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