Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price and Country Liberals Second Senate Candidate Joshua Burgoyne
The Coalition Government will deliver another $160 million to seal and widen priority sections of the iconic Outback Way, taking the Government’s total commitment to the route to $330 million and continuing its commitment to nation building and improving regional connectivity.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the additional investment builds upon a longstanding commitment to progressively upgrade the route, which links Laverton in Western Australia with Winton in Queensland via Alice Springs and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.
“A better Outback Way means better links between Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, improved travel times and operating costs, better flood immunity, improved access to remote communities and mining operations and a safer road,” Senator Scullion said.
“This latest funding builds on the important upgrades already completed or underway thanks to the Coalition Government, including the Government’s $100 million 2016 election commitment, and a further $28 million committed under the Northern Australia Roads Programme.”
“The Coalition Government’s strong economic management is enabling us to make crucial investments in infrastructure like this that will grow our economy and create jobs. The Government will continue to work with the three northern jurisdictions to identify sections of highest priority for upgrades, as we continue our commitment to develop the North and drive economic growth.
“It will also provide important opportunities for local job seekers and businesses including for residents of remote Indigenous communities which will leave a lasting legacy of jobs and skills after the construction is complete.”
Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, said upgrading priority sections of the route would tackle reliability and safety issues, especially for heavy freight vehicles, while delivering jobs for local communities.
“This investment is about supporting vital industries such as mining, tourism and agriculture across the North, and the communities these industries help sustain,” Mrs Price said.
Country Liberals Senate Candidate, Joshua Burgoyne, said the Coalition was committed to investing in the North, and the upgrades along Tjukaruru Road and the Lasseter, Stuart and Plenty highways will increase freight efficiency, improve road safety, reduce business costs and ensure businesses are able to get their goods to market quickly and reliably.
“This new investment to upgrade the Outback Way builds on over $1.07 billion of existing infrastructure funding delivered by the Coalition Government for lifechanging projects and job creation for the regions.”