Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Weather halts NT Chief Minister’s Japan trip

NT Chief Minister, Eva Lawler.

Northern Territory Chief Minister, Eva Lawler, has postponed her upcoming trip to Japan due to the unfolding weather situation across the Top End.

The Chief Minister said a number of communities in the Territory were currently under flood warnings.

“Nothing is more important to me than the safety and wellbeing of Territorians. This is why I will be staying in the Territory to ensure we have plans in place to respond to this weather event,” said Ms Lawler.

“At this stage our infrastructure corridors are becoming inaccessible. We are working on plans on how we can get supplies into the Territory.

“Territorians are mine and our Government’s number one priority. We will make sure we get our infrastructure corridors back up and running. I will not be going anywhere until I know all Territorians have the supplies and access that they need.”

(Photo: ABC North West Queensland).

The Territory is seeing flooding and limited road and rail access along the Stuart Highway and Victoria Highway, with 500m of rail washed away between Tennant Creek and Katherine.

Around 20 residents from the remote community of Pigeon Hole have recently been evacuated to Darwin.

The Chief Minister says she will be staying in the Territory, with her focus on making sure all Territorians have access to freight, fuel, accommodation and safety.

To stay up to date with the latest weather updates visit www.securent.nt.gov.au

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