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Can a $1.2B Highway Deliver for Outback Communities?

Outback Highway Development Council Inc (OHDC Inc) 3 mins read
Outback Way

The Outback Way is Australia's third transnational route, connecting Cairns and Perth through Alice Springs. The highway is currently being sealed with the support of $1.2B in federal government funding, including 20% from state and territory contributions. To be completed by 2032, The Outback Way offers unparalleled national benefits, in productivity, economic development, tourism and community connectivity.

Sealing the road is only the first step to realising these benefits, with many infrastructure, safety and community considerations to be planned, developed and delivered. Canberra is set to be the meeting place for the Outback Way Forum 2024, June 30 to July 1, with stakeholders assembling from across community, industry, business and government to collaborate and coordinate. 

Patrick Hill OHDC, Chair "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."

“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." Mel Forbes, General Manager, Outback Highway Development Council Inc. "It’s time to get everyone to the table”

By facilitating dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders, the 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

The Outback Way Forum 2024 serves as a pivotal platform for stakeholders to share insights, exchange ideas, and forge partnerships that will shape the future of this transformative, nation building project with ongoing benefits to all Australians. 

For more information and to register please visit:    Outback Way Forum 2024

Media Contact: Mel Forbes: 0488 739 539

Patrick Hill

Note to Editor:

For more information about the Outback Way Forum 2024 or to schedule an interview with key organizers, please contact the media representative listed above.

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About us:
  • The Outback Highway Development Council was formed in 1998, an alliance of council's that has continuously supported the development both financially and in-kind. The Organisation has continuously lobbied for the upgrade and promotes the tourism of the Outback Way. The alliance is passionate about the Outback Way because of its importance to the nation and the long term sustainability of the communities in which we live. Seeking to improve the quality of life for inland Australia through improved access and equity of service provision to rural and remote Australians and economic opportunities to our communities through the development of Australia's third transnational route. Proudly working as a collaborative team of stakeholders developing long term forward thinking solutions 

Contact details:

Mel Forbes, General Manager : 0488 739 539



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