$125.6M in Job-Creating Projects Fast Tracked to Support Territory Businesses

To deliver on this priority, Government has brought forward FIVE projects by approximately 12 months, to support the Territorys construction industry and create local jobs.

The projects will create around 500 direct and indirect jobs.

Upon coming to Government in 2016, projects worth $120 million were brought forward and many of these projects are now significantly underway or coming to completion.

Todays announcement sees a second pipeline of $125.6 million in Government infrastructure projects identified and fast-tracked.

Bringing forward these projects will not affect the Territorys budget bottom line. The Government has set the priorities of the infrastructure budget to ensure a continuous pipeline of construction for Territory businesses.

The 2019 projects 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.


Creating local jobs is the number one priority of this Government.

Fast tracking these significant infrastructure projects will create around 500 direct and indirect jobs for Territorians.

This is what industry has been asking for to create certainty for their construction workforces, and enable businesses to plan ahead and we are delivering on that.

Our economy is driven by local business, and we will do everything we can to continue investing in jobs for Territorians.

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