Coalition Commitment to Remote Roads on Display

The Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of The Outback Way, Senator Ian Macdonald, has today welcomed the Coalitions announcement of $33 million in funding for improvements to the Outback Way.

This is wonderful news for the diverse communities along the Outback Way, as well as for the travellers who delight in experiencing Australias longest shortcut.

Senator Macdonald, who is also Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Remote Australia, said that todays announcement represents the culmination of three years of hard work and lobbying.

I am delighted by todays announcement and extend my heart-felt congratulations to the Outback Highway Development Council Inc, to Councillor Patrick Hill from Laverton, and to Helen Lewis General Manager of the OHDC he said.

Todays announcement shows that the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the Outback Highway Development Council Inc. has been recognised by the Coalition.

Senator Macdonald said that on his recent visit to the Northern Territory to campaign with Lingiari candidate Tina Macfarlane, the status of the Outback Way was repeatedly raised by constituents.

The state of this iconic route is clearly top-of-mind for the people of Lingiari, but not surprisingly Mr Snowden and his Labor colleagues simply were not listening.

Tina Macfarlane and the Federal Coalition have been listening, and todays announcement shows it is the Coalition that has the best interests of Remote Australia at heart.

(Senator Macdonald and former Senator Trish Crossin were the Joint Chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of the Outback Way)

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