• $156.78 million
    Invested

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Main Access Road project is upgrading 210 km of the Main Access Road between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja (Ernabella) in the APY Lands.

In addition, approximately 21 kilometres of community and airstrip access roads in Pukatja (Ernabella), Umuwa, Kaltjiti (Fregon), Mimili and Iwantja (Indulkana) also form part of the project.

The improvements will provide a range of community benefits and will contribute to National and State Aboriginal Affairs policy objectives.

The project will also provide employment opportunities for Anangu in the local communities.

Key benefits include:

  • safer travel between the communities
  • improved delivery of food supplies
  • improved emergency service access during poor weather
  • improved access to training and employment opportunities
  • improved living standards as a result of better services access
  • additional community interaction and social exchange
  • less wear and tear on vehicles
  • less road flooding.

The upgrade is being undertaken in three main stages:

Stage 1: Pukatja (Ernabella) to Umuwa (Double Tank)

Stage 2: Umuwa (Double Tank) to Mimili

Stage 3: Mimili to Iwantja (Indulkana).

Project start:
June 2015
Expected completion:
2022
Current status:
Under construction

APY Main Access Road Upgrade Project. Image from Department for Infrastructure and Transport

APY Main Access Road Upgrade Project Anangu involvement. Image from Department for Infrastructure and Transport

APY Main Access Road Upgrade Project stage 3. Image from Department for Infrastructure and Transport