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Electricity network upgrade on the way for Jabiru

A contractor has been selected and works are set to begin on a $5.2 million energy depot in Whitsunday, Queensland.

The Northern Territory Government has set aside $10 million to carry out upgrades and repairs to the township of Jabiru’s electricity network.

It is part of the Territory Government’s $135.5 million investment in Jabiru, which is expected to be pivotal in establishing the township as a vibrant cultural centre in the heart of Kakadu and the West Arnhem Region.

Works are will be completed over the next two years.

The upgrades will ensure Jabiru’s electricity network is ready to receive new generation supplied by a hybrid power station, with a renewable energy component of at least 50 per cent.

The plant is expected to be up and running by the end of 2021.

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NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Jabiru has the potential to be a real draw card for Territorians and visitors alike.

“The Territory Labor Government’s ongoing investment in critical services and infrastructure is helping the township get there, to ensure it prospers sustainably for years to come,” Gunner said.

“These upgrades will not only mean Jabiru residents have access to the very best services, but work will continue to flow for local tradies.

“We know how important it is to keep Territorians working during the coronavirus crisis, and this investment will see plenty of local jobs in the pipeline.”

As well as investing in the new electricity network, the Territory Government is also upgrading other services in the town, including a new education precinct, a multi-use health clinic, the NBN rollout, mobile connectivity, and a government services hub.

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