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Litchfield Among Fast-tracked Projects

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The Northern Territory Government has brought forward FIVE projects by approximately 12 months, to support the Territory’s construction industry and create local jobs.

They are:

1. A New Palmerston Fire Station

The project will meet the growing demands for responsive fire services to the Palmerston and Coolalinga regions. Estimate cost of $25 million, expected to deliver approximately 180 direct and indirect jobs for the duration of the project.

Concept and detailed design phase: February – April 2019

Release design and construct tender: June 2019 – September 2019

Award early works construction: October 2019

Expected completion: June 2021


2. Zuccoli Primary School – Stage 2

Fast tracking Stage 2 of the new school will support the significant residential growth in the area. Estimate cost for Stage 2 is $29 million which is expected to support approximately 200 direct and indirect jobs during construction.

Release design and construct tender: May – August 2019

Award early works construction: October 2019

Expected completion ready for Term 1, 2021

3. Mandorah Marine Facilities (Jetty).

The Mandorah Jetty is ageing and a new facility is required for improved safety and to unlock development and tourism in the area. The cost to construct the new facility has been estimated at $50 million and will result in approximately 80 direct jobs.

Detail design tender: February – March 2019

Award detail design: April 2019

Release construction tender: May 2020

Expected completion: May 2022

4. Kilgariff Stage 2.

To ensure a continuous supply of affordable land in the Alice Springs market, Stage 2 of the Kilgariff housing development will be brought forward, with funding of $4.1 million for an additional 30 lots, expected to be ready for auction by end 2020.

5. Litchfield National Park Upgrades

Developing new visitor sites at three locations in Litchfield National Park, including roadworks will create jobs and support tourism.

$17.5 brought forward for:

Roads – May 2019 to December 2019

Campgrounds and other facilities – January 2020 to December 2020


In addition, Government has set firm dates for the revitalisation of John Stokes Square in Nightcliff, which will see the construction of three new public housing towers and a new police station, with construction to begin in October 2019. The project will support around 250 jobs.

The projects will create around 500 direct and indirect jobs.

Bringing forward these projects will not affect the Territory’s budget bottom line.