The Outback Highway Development Council says the commitment of $11m a year for three years from the Coalition would bring the $512m project on track for the start of full sealing in 2016/17, according general manager Helen Lewis. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan, who is the deputy chair of the highway council, says the huge difference in construction cost in the NT, when compared with WA and Queensland, could be an argument in favour of re-introducing road construction into local government works departments.
Is there really going to be an election on Saturday? The major lobbies for Alice Springs could be forgiven for wondering about that, at least until this morning when the Coalition dropped the Outback Highway bombshell, a massive boon to the ailing tourist industry, to mining and remote communities. But apart from that, the town's five main pressure groups are still waiting for answers – and so are we. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Early polling in Alice Springs.
The Outback Way is included in the Coalition’s Northern Australia Policy and the Outback Highway Development Council outlines how the east-west route through Alice Springs can be kept open for business for road trains for $11m a year, prior to the start of the sealing project in 2016/17, writes the council's chairman, Patrick Hill.