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State Government commits $90 million to sealing Strzelecki Track

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Last night, Premier Jay Weatherill announced a $90 million commitment toward the sealing of the Strzelecki Track in the northeast, if re-elected (click here for full media release).

The nation-building project will cost $450 million and will deliver significant benefits for the Outback region and beyond.

The announcement was made at the launch of the ‘Economic and Community Benefits of Sealing the Strzelecki Track’ Report, which was commissioned by Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North), in partnership with The Flinders Ranges Council (FRC). The Report was officially launched by former Premier of South Australia, Mr Rob Kerin.

The launch was well-attended by all levels of government – a positive indication that sealing the Strzelecki Track is on the State Government agenda, no matter the outcome of the upcoming election.

Following the launch, the Liberal Party has announced that they will match the Government’s commitment, should they win the election, if the money is in the State Government budget.

SA-BEST have also pledged their commitment to the project, and if elected, sealing the Strzelecki Track will be a key priority (click here for full media release).

This is an exciting time for this very important infrastructure project, which has steadily gained momentum to reach this point. The OCA strongly believes that a sealed Strzelecki Track will bring enormous social benefits to the Outback region through improvements in emergency service provision, telecommunications, and all the benefits a major highway in and out of Queensland would bring.

I encourage you to download a copy of the report so see how this project would improve not only the economy, but also the lives of those who live, work and play in the Outback. Further information is available on our website at www.oca.sa.gov.au

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the OCA office on 8648 5970 or via email to oca@sa.gov.au

 

Cecilia Woolford

Chair

Outback Communities Authority