Paving the way for Sealing the Strzelecki Track
Monday, 22 January 2018
The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North), in partnership with The Flinders Ranges Council (FRC), today launched the Economic and Community Benefits of Sealing the Strzelecki Track Report in Quorn.
The report looks at the positive effects for the tourism, resources, pastoralism and transport industries, as well as how this project would change the lives of those who live, work and play in the Outback by decreasing the sense of isolation and improving safety.
Sealing the Strzelecki Track was identified as one of four priorities for investment in the OCA’s oneOutback Prospectus which was launched in late-2017.
The Strzelecki Track, which extends from Lyndhurst to Innamincka, would link South Australia with Queensland and Australia’s greatest centre of population, the east.
Ms Cecilia Woolford, Chair of the OCA, said that the OCA will actively work with all levels of government to see this project funded and implemented.
“The Strzelecki Track is a major arterial link between South Australia and Queensland and we have been articulating the Outback community views to the State and Federal Governments for many years to have the Track fully sealed.
“This is a nation-building project that is beyond purely economics; it will bring enormous social benefits to the Outback region in both South Australia and Queensland.
“The Strzelecki Track is often closed due to rain events, sometimes for days, isolating those who use it most, the people who live, work and travel along the track.
"Sealing the entire track would provide improved access for emergency services thereby increasing the mantle of safety that we often take for granted," she said.
The OCA and RDA Far North have been collaborating on this project for some time and will continue to lobby both State and Federal Governments to ensure that it is kept on the agenda.