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.
East-west, north-south self drive bonanza waiting to happen – but so far it's just words. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE 1.10pm Feb 6: Outback Way distances sealed, unsealed and about to be sealed. In WA and Queensland local governments "have spent decades building up the roads. The scope left is to seal the road, which costs considerably less," says the NT department. And deals with traditional owners are commercial in confidence.
Road sealing costs in the NT are close to three times as much as those in the jurisdictions which are partners in the World's Longest Shortcut. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS: Wildflowers along the Outback Way. The grader at Giles weather station of the legendary surveyor, Len Beadell.
Money for Tanami Road and Outback Way, Tennant to Mt Isa corridor, plus $130m for Aborigines to finalise all native title claims and negotiate with businesses, writes Chief Minister ADAM GILES(pictured).
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.
The NT and Canberra will jointly fund construction of the Outback Way within the Northern Territory to the tune of $40m over thee years, it was announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (pictured) and NT Chief Minister Adam Giles.