$1.2bn boost for northern Australia18 June 2015 by News Desk
Northern Australia is to get $1.2 billion in new money in a bid to boost infrastructure, jobs and business.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott this week unveiled a new 20-year plan for the region that also includes new roads and water resources. “If the north does well, our country does well,” Abbott told reporters. “The money will go towards better infrastructure and more efficient and effective land use. It’s directed towards making the north more attractive for people to live and work.”
Over the next four years $700 million will be made available to improve roads in the region. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss will deliver an annual statement to parliament on northern development to ensure the plan becomes a “blueprint for a generation of development”.