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Tenders open for APY Lands main access road upgrade

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

20 October 2015

Tenders opened today for a major upgrade of the first section of the 210 kilometre main access road between Pukatja (Ernabella) and Umuwa in South Australia’s Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

The works will include formation and sheeting of 43 kilometres of the road in the far north west of the state and will improve the local Aṉangu community’s access to essential services and facilities.

The works will also provide for some minor road alignment and drainage and floodway improvements.

In another bonus for the local community, minimum of 30 per cent of the total contract labour hours will be undertaken by Aṉangu people.

The tender closes on December 1 and will be assessed in line with State’s Industry Participation Policy.

Works on site are expected to commence early in 2016 and be completed later that year, weather permitting.

The Australian Government will contribute $85 million towards the total $106.25 million cost of the five-year upgrade of the entire 210 kilometres of road, with the remaining $21.25 million being provided by the South Australia Government.

Tender details are available on the Tenders SA website.

Further information on the APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade Project can be found at

A road in the APY Lands