The Outback Way traversing the continent east-west will be a boon for Alice Springs. But for the tiny Boulia, population about 250, this road is vital. ERWIN CHLANDA took the trip along the Plenty and Donohue highways to meet the outback battlers, on a path to the future that most local governments would fear to tread.
The council of Queensland's Boulia Shire – population about 600 – has its eye on the contract for sealing the Plenty Highway in the Northern Territory between the border and the Stuart Highway. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Why does road sealing cost twice as much in the Territory as does in shires across the borders on either side? "That's the question that needs to be asked," says Patrick Hill (at left), the president of the Laverton Shire and chairman of the Outback Highway Development Council Inc. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE Nov 19 at 4:30pm
The NT Government has just released figures showing that road building in the NT is up to three times as expensive when compared with adjoining states.