Macdonald welcomes funding for the Outback Way

The announcement of $11 million in Commonwealth funding for the Queensland section of the Outback Way was welcomed by long-time champion of this unique road, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.

Senator Macdonald said the announcement was a vindication of the more than three years of hard work and lobbying.

This announcement shows that the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the Outback Highway Development Council has been recognised, Senator Macdonald said.

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.

This iconic route, which stretches from Laverton in Western Australia, through the Northern Territory to Winton in Queensland, is not only a tourist dream, but it will provide reduced transport costs for the beef cattle and mining industries as well as access to and from remote communities.

The funding arrangement includes $21 million split between the state and Federal governments and $3.5 million from the seven local councils: Barcaldine Regional Council, Barcoo Shire Council, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council, Diamantina Shire Council, Longreach Regional Council and Winton Shire Council.

I am delighted that all levels of government have recognised the importance of this uniquely Australian road, Senator Macdonald said.

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