A new section of the Larapinta is being constructed, to give walkers the option of walking on the north side of the Heavitree Range for Section 7. Here's the source:https://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/201 ... -of-range/
The route presumably returns to the south of the Heavitree Range just east of Serpentine Gorge, where there is a break in the Heavitree Range. This gap seems to be aboriginal land, and having the Larapinta Trail there will open it up as a way for off-track bushwalkers to access some interesting parts of the Chewings Range. It used to be common for bushwalkers to head off-track from Serpentine Gorge to Redbank Gorge (8 or 9 days), but this has not been practical since they started "asking" people not to traverse Serpentine Gorge ("No Swimming"). So this new route will alleviate the problem.
The new section seems to be an alternative to the existing track, which doesn't seem to be slated for closure. Most end-to-end walkers will want to re-supply at Ellery Creek anyway, so will still need to take the current route. A nice new circular walk (1-day or 2-day) will open up though.
New shelters are also being built at Redbank Gorge, Ormiston Gorge, and Ellery Creek (presumably on the north side). Personally I thought the Ellery Creek campsite was the least pleasant of all the ones I used when I walked the Larapinta. I don't mind having vehicles around if there is also a cafe and hot showers, but Ellery Creek campground didn't offer either of those. So a shelter on the north side of the waterhole would be nice to have.
It looks like they're getting on with the job too, with completion expected in August!