Iconic road set for $330M transformation

The Federal Government is looking into turning the Outback Way into Australia’s longest shortcut.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, this week joined Winton Mayor, Gavin Baskett, and Boulia Mayor, Rick Britton, to inspect the Outback Way – a 2,720 kilometre route that links Laverton in Western Australia with Winton in Queensland via Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Buchholz said since coming to Government in 2013, the Morrison LNP Government has committed $330 million to seal and upgrade key sections of the Outback Way as part of a record investment in roads.

“The Morrison Government’s investment in the Outback Way will improve the safety, accessibility, and reliability of one of Australia’s most iconic roads, with our $330 million spend increasing connectivity and reducing travel times.

“Building a better Outback Way, through works to seal and widen the road is unlocking opportunities across Northern and remote Australia.

“Many industries along the corridor are benefitting, including our food and fibre growers, our graziers, our miners, tourism and of course our truck drivers and freighters – who utilise the route to shift the very produce grown and sourced in regional Australia.”