• Australian Government commits funding for five sealing and widening projects
  • Upgrades are part of the $100 million commitment to the iconic Outback Way
  • Works span Laverton and Ngaanyatjarraku Shires

The Australian Government has put $37.2 million on the table to carry out five upgrade projects along Western Australia’s Great Central Road between Laverton and the Northern Territory border, as part of its $100 million commitment to upgrade the Outback Way.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said approximately 80 kilometres of the Great Central Road would be upgraded through the projects, which would see priority sections of the road sealed to a two-lane standard.

“Around $38 million will be invested in three projects in the Shire of Laverton, to upgrade more than 60 kilometres of road, and a further $8.5 million will go to two projects which will deliver nearly 20 kilometres of priority sealing works in the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku,” Mr Chester said.

“This is a signature investment by the Australian Government under our $100 million commitment to help upgrade more than 210 kilometres of the iconic Outback Way.”

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Great Central Road upgrades would help unlock the potential benefits that flow from better connectivity for Indigenous and remote communities, as well as grow the Australian economy.

“These works are set to improve road reliability, reduce travel times, cut costs for freight operators and enhance economic opportunities for regional and remote communities and for Australian industries. Completing this work will also deliver huge benefits for the local mining and tourism industries—this project is an investment in the economic future of the Goldfields,” Mr Wilson said.

“Our WA projects were identified following a review of the Outback Way that informed where the government’s funding should be invested. Every dollar will help deliver benefits for the industries and communities which use this key east-west route to access economic opportunities and essential services.”

Construction on the 13 Outback Way projects across the three northern jurisdictions of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland will be delivered progressively over the coming years.

The Australian Government has committed up to $100 million to the upgrades, with the relevant state and territory governments and local councils contributing the remaining 20 per cent required for each project, totalling $25 million.

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