New funds to improve the Outback Way road

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Australian Government will deliver another $160 million to seal and widen priority sections of the iconic Outback Way, taking its total commitment to the route to $330 million.

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Keith Pitt, announced the funding during a Ministerial Forum on Northern Development in Kununurra today.

The new funding continues the Australian Government’s commitment to progressively upgrade the road to build a stronger northern and wider Australian economy and improve regional connectivity.

Over half of the 2800 kilometre Outback Way remains unsealed. Known as Australia's ‘longest shortcut’— the route links Winton in central Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia's northern goldfields via Alice Springs and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is a critical part of Central Australia’s transport infrastructure.

Minister Canavan said upgrading priority sections of the road will make the route safer and more reliable, especially for heavy freight vehicles; and will support vital mining, tourism and agriculture industries across the north, and the communities these industries help sustain.

Read the joint media release from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack; Minister Canavan; and the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Keith Pitt.