Government unveils development blueprint for Top End

The Prime Minister has unveiled his long-awaited vision for northern Australia, releasing a wide-ranging white paper in Canberra that sets out ambitious policy ideas for the next 20 years.

New roads, studies of dam sites and changes to land-use laws formed major parts of the Government's development blueprint, which is designed to make the north an "economic powerhouse".

The plan included a $600 million roads package, cash to upgrade airstrips and money to explore rail freight options, in addition to the $100 million beef roads fund and $5 billion concessional loans facility that were announced in the federal budget.

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