Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development has announced that the Federal Government will be investing $330 million on sealing sections of the Outback Way, a 2,720km stretch of roads that link Laverton, Western Australia to Winton, Queensland.
“The Outback Way is a crucial east-west link across central Australia and is important for supporting freight transport and tourism, while connecting remote communities to critical services,” Mr McCormack said.
“That’s why our investment will help with works such as sealing more sections and make it safer for truckies and tourists alike.”
The road in its current state varies in condition and standard, with sections of two-lane seal, single lane seal, gravel and unsealed roads.
As well as improving road safety, Mr McCormack said the infrastructure investment will reduce travel times, cut freight costs and prevent regional mining and tourism industries from closing.
Federal Member for O’Connor in Western Australia, Rick Wilson, said the project will provide a vital direct route for Laverton and the northern Goldfields.
“Sealing this route will provide a significant boost for the mining, agricultural and tourism industries in the Goldfields,” he said.
“No matter where you live, we believe in making local roads safer and investing so product can get from paddock to plate to port faster and people can get home sooner.
“Sealing works on the Outback Way is a vital part of that investment in building the safer country roads we deserve.
“I think it’s an essential project for Australia and the allocation of funding is an important step in the process to make this project a reality.”
Patrick Hill, Outback Highway Development Council Chairman said “The sealing of the Outback Way improves community access, safety and efficiency and will support economic development across the region and more reliable access to health and education services for remote indigenous communities”.
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