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Outback Way $100 million Commitment

About the program

The Australian Government announced projects to be funded under the Outback Way $100 million 2016 Election Commitment in November 2017. This investment builds on previously committed Australian Government funding for the Outback Way of $28 million through the Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP) and $42 million under the broader Australian Government Infrastructure Investment Program, bringing the total value of Australian Government investment on the Outback Way to $170 million.

The $100 million commitment will make targeted upgrades to priority sections of Australia's iconic Outback Way, a 2,800 kilometre route linking Laverton in Western Australia with Winton in Queensland via Alice Springs and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.

Works to be undertaken include upgrades and safety and productivity improvements, such as road widening and sealing.

In order to identify projects, the Australian Government commissioned an Investment Strategy PDF: 1385 KB ReadSpeaker to help inform the allocation of the $100 million and identify the highest priority sections requiring upgrading to maximise benefits across Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

See below for a list of projects.

Projects

Queensland

  • Donohue Highway: Progressive Sealing (Package 1)
  • Donohue Highway: Progressive Sealing (Package 2)
  • Diamantina Developmental Road: Pavement Widening
  • Kennedy Developmental Road: Pavement Widening (Package 1)
  • Kennedy Developmental Road: Pavement Widening (Package 2)

Northern Territory

  • Plenty Highway: Upgrade and Sealing beyond Harts Range
  • Plenty Highway: Progressive Sealing
  • Tjukaruru Road: Progressive Sealing

Western Australia

  • Great Central Road (Laverton Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 1)
  • Great Central Road (Laverton Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 2)
  • Great Central Road (Laverton Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 3)
  • Great Central Road (Ngaanyatjarraku Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 1)
  • Great Central Road (Ngaanyatjarraku Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 2)

Benefits

The Outback Way $100 million 2016 Election Commitment will improve the north's transport network by improving connectivity and road reliability, reducing travel times, cutting costs for freight operators and enhancing economic opportunities for the cattle, mining and tourism industries.

Funding

The Australian Government will fund up to a maximum of 80 per cent of the total project cost in partnership with the state and territory governments and relevant local councils.

Timetable

Funding is available over three financial years from the 2017–18 financial year to the
2020–21 financial year.

Map

Map of the Outback Way $100 million 2016 Election Commitment PDF: 1455 KB ReadSpeaker.