Australia’s longest shortcut has received another boost today with the announcement of $40 million in funding for repairs and upgrades to sections of the road in the Northern Territory.
Northern Senator Ian Macdonald has hailed the announcement as further evidence of the Coalition’s commitment to regional infrastructure and Northern Australian development.
“This is great news for the north and for the communities along the Outback Way” said the Senator, who has been a long-serving member of the parliamentary Friends of the Outback Way group.
“Enhancing this iconic Australian route can only benefit tourism, mining, transport and agriculture across the nation.”
The Senator added that the interactive tourism experience available by accessing the Outback Way website made traversing the route all the more unique and exciting.
“This really is a quintessentially Australian road-trip experience”
“Funding for upgrades to the Outback Way improve access and participation for regional and remote communities along the route. This is all about building communities and building capacity.”
The $40 million in funding was jointly announced today by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Warren Truss, and Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Adam Giles.
The funding will comprise $20 million from the Northern Territory government which will be be matched dollar-for-dollar by the commonwealth.
The announcement follows a $24.5 million joint local, state and commonwealth funding agreement for the Queensland sections of the road signed in March 2014.
“I encourage everyone who wants to learn more about this great Australian road to visit the Outback Way website at:http://www.outbackway.org.au/.”