Have your say about ‘Australia’s Longest Shortcut’ Outback Way

The Outback Highway Development Council Inc (OHDC) is calling for input on the transnational route, The Outback Way, which connects Cairns and Perth through Alice Springs.

The highway is currently being sealed with the support of $1.2B in federal government funding, and is expected to be completed by 2032.

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The OHDC will be holding a forum in Canberra from June 30 to July 1, 2024 to discuss the potential benefits of the highway with many infrastructure, safety and community considerations to be planned, developed and delivered.

Stakeholders will assemble from across community, industry, business and government to collaborate and coordinate.

OHDC chair Patrick Hill says they are inviting all stakeholders to come and speak their mind.

“Come to the table in Canberra, work with us to develop this plan. This roadmap will be used for the future economic development associated with the towns and communities, tourism and industry associated with and along the Outback Way,” Hill says.

OHDC general manager Mel Forbes says, “It’s time to get everyone to the table.”

“This project has grown from a sustained grass roots collaborative local councils campaign. All stakeholders are invited to the forum, we need to ensure everyone’s voice is heard and contributing to the vision for the next 10 years and beyond.”

The Outback Way Forum seeks to pave the way for strategic partnerships and sustainable development initiatives between regional and Indigenous communities, freight, mining, agriculture, livestock and tourism industries.

Key objectives of the Outback Way Forum 2024 include:

  • Creating opportunities for economic development, job creation, and investment in regional areas through improved infrastructure and access
  • Promoting connectivity across remote regions and fostering stronger ties between communities, industries, and government
  • Improving safety and access to health, education and social services for remote Australians
  • Supporting and growing Australian tourism by leveraging the Outback Way to showcase the diverse landscapes, cultural heritage, and unique experiences that Australia’s outback has to offer

For more information and to register visit: https://outbackway.org.au/outback-way-forum/

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