Melville Island Road Upgrades

Opened 25 May 2022

Closed 22 June 2022

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The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is proposing to upgrade 73 km of gravel road between Pirlangimpi and Pickertaramoor on Melville Island. The works include pavement lifts, re-gravelling, sealing to a two-lane standard, formation widening, realigning, installation of drainage structures, overall improvements to the flood immunity and progressive rehabilitation of cleared areas.  The upgrades would include development of 23 gravel pits, 14 road alignments and access to water extraction with a total land clearing requirement of up to 296.4 hectares.

Why we are consulting

Your feedback plays an important role and will be considered by the NT EPA in deciding whether the proposed action requires environmental impact assessment, and if so the required method of assessment.

Consultation helps the NT EPA and proponent to identify issues of concern and potential effects, as well as get feedback from stakeholders on project options or potential mitigation measures.

The NT EPA has prepared guidance for making a public submission PDF (260.9 KB) that outlines when comments will be sought, how to make an effective comment and what will happen to your comment.

Statutory notice 25 May 2022

The NT EPA invites public comment on a referral for standard assessment submitted by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics to upgrade 73 km of gravel road to bitumen on Melville Island, 80 km north of Darwin.

The referral documents can be inspected and obtained below. Interested persons may make a submission by 22 June 2022. The NT EPA publishes this notice in accordance with regulation 52(1) of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.


For more information about the referral go to the environmental impact assessment register for the Melville Island Road Upgrades.

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