Future upgrades to Plenty and Tanami "Highways"

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Came across this info on road upgrades to be funded as part of Govts infrastructure package. Looks like the bitumen will be slowly making its way across the Tanami.Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be Found
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Reply By: D200Dug- Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 16:00

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 16:00
I hope they have factored in the funds to keep it in good condition.

We drove the Plenty in 2001 and were warned about how bad road conditions were. We kept waiting for it to get bad and it never happened, it was rough but easy to cover as long as you drove accordingly, we did get passed by several vehicles trying to do "Highway Speeds" over what was a dirt track.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 16:03

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 16:03
Seeing they can't seem to do the work on highly trafficked routes and they tell us we are using too much fossil fuel. One really wonders.
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 16:28

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 16:28
Makes you wonder, doesn't it ? At the moment the Boulia Shire spends most of its funds maintaining it's side of the border. And it's still not a great track because of the flooding .
How are these councils supposed to maintain what's there now, let alone bitumen ?
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 20:45

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 20:45
A six year investment

Biggest ever investment in road and rail

Media Statement - 26th April 2009

All state and territory governments have now signed onto the Rudd Labor Government's Nation Building Program, the largest ever investment in the nation's road and rail infrastructure.

NATION BUILDING PROGRAM: HIGHLIGHTS


NSW - $8.6 billion

$2.5 billion - Pacific Highway
$950 million - Hume Highway
$840 million - Northern Sydney Freight Line

VIC - $4.4 billion

$900 million - Western Ring Road
$600 million - Western Highway
$250 million - Princes Highway east and west

QLD - $6.8 billion

$1.14 billion - Ipswich Motorway upgrade
$2.2 billion - Bruce Highway
$455 million - Pacific Motorway

WA - $2.8 billion

$225 million - New Perth Bunbury Highway and Mandurah Entrance Road
$160 million - Port Hedland road upgrades
$350 million - Perth Urban Transport and Freight Corridor upgrade

SA - $1.7 billion

$450 million - Northern Expressway
$500 million - South Road upgrade
$80 million - Dukes Highway

TAS - $800 million

$164 million - Brighton Bypass

NT - $590 million

$72 million - Tiger Brennan Drive
$160 million - NT highways

ACT - $200 million

$30 million - airport precinct upgrade

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 21:50

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 21:50
Certainly the level of borrowing WILL make interest rates HIGHER in the future. I know Richard says "Debt is not a bad thing, nealy everyone I know has some, Rich and Poor. " but the level of announced spending by the new government is as high as any in the G20 and we have barely got to the recession.

I am looking forward to Richard paying back his ownership of Rudd debt. The contingent liabilities have blown by 450 times already - that ISN'T 450% more. That is 45,000% more under Rudd. Some say it is over 500 times more than two years ago, or 50,000%. Now that is borrowing Richard. Your children's, children's children may get some benefit, but by the time the interest is paid much will be blown away in the wind. Hope you enjoy the drive.
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 22:01

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 22:01
John

After 10-13 years of not spending, the Labor Govt will now Borrow to spend on the much needed up grade to our infrastructure and get us out of the third world conditions we are now in (except for the Rich).

And In 10 - 13 years time the libs may have sorted out who's the boss and can take credit for it all.. LOL

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 22:03

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 22:03
PS. I pay my tax's with a smile on my face whichever Govt is in power. :-))
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 22:26

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 22:26
It has been a developing world infrastructure since the First Fleet, and will be as we don't have the population to support anything else for the size of the land mass. Your taxes will rise to pay the debt. Pleased you are pleased, at the increase you should expect.
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 17:23

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 17:23
Wouldnt hold my breath , even just to do a 1/2 decent spray seal job on the Tanami would cost more than the last stimulus payment ...... LOL.
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 17:44

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 17:44
Gday John and Val,
Im with the rest of the mob.....Dont hold your breath?
And what a waist of money too!
I could see it going out to the Tannami mine, half funded by the minning companies one day, but they are really the only ones the condition of the road affects.
I could think of a lot better ways of spending money.

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Reply By: Holden4th - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:07

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:07
As a direct route to or from the centre of Australia, The Plenty is the logical route to bitumenise but they are going the Tanami instead - doesn't make sense.

Anyway, having travelled the Plenty a few times since 01 and the last time on 07 the improvement in the road has been quite marked.

Looking at the map I'm assuming that those areas that they haven't really worked on yet are going to get the treatment to turn the Plenty into as weatherproof highway as possible. It lokks like the section closest to the QLD border might also get some treatment (it really needs it!. A pity that the Boulia Shire council won't bother to upgrade the Donohue which, apart from a small section at the NT border, could only be described as a goat track.
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:14

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:14
When we went across the Plenty / Donohue 'bout this time last year, there some work going on around Glenormiston..

Fair bit of "road plant" in action, and there appeared to be some serious re-alignment happening..
I guess this was/is part of the upgrade??


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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:48

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:48
Then we will just have to find another track to take.

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Reply By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 19:04

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 19:04
Doesn't really show how far it is to be tarred.Last year was good most of the way to Tilmouth Roadhouse with bits of blacktop of a couple of k's right out in the middle of nowhere.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 19:26

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 19:26
I'd be happy to see the bitumen completed as far as Yuendumu. If the mine needs road access then they could fund the extra. But as for the whole Tanami- they must be dreaming.

Same for the Plenty. What a waste. If tourists want to get from Alice to Brisbane they can fly - its cheaper. Same too for the GCR. Leave it dirt and get the tourists to fly.

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