Outback Way Stakeholder Forum

The Outback Highway Development Council was created in 1997, an alliance of five councils (Shire of Laverton, Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku, Alice Springs Town Council, Boulia and Winton Shires). Over the last 26 years, it has advocated and lobbied for the sealing of the Outback Way – a testament to the sustained commitment and collaborative efforts that make up the OHDC Inc. Contributions from federal and state governments will deliver the completion of the sealing in 2032. While sealing the road will provide efficiencies in time and money for those using it, a plan is needed to realise the significant opportunities that the highway offers to its many communities and stakeholders.

The forum will bring together and facilitate diverse stakeholders to develop a plan for realising the Outback Highway’s many benefits.

These include but are not limited to:

•              Economic development opportunities for communities, industry and business

•              Road infrastructure and emergency access for northern Australia

•              Significant time and cost efficiencies for freight and travel

•              Greater connectivity for locals, travellers, industry and freight

•              An iconic tourism and cultural heritage attraction, Australia’s Route 66

•              Cultural and environmental preservation and growth

To realise the Outback Highway’s full potential for communities, government, industry and the nation as a whole the OHDC is developing this unique event with many opportunities for involvement, before, during and after the Forum, including a Friends of the Outback Way members group.

Register your interest in being part of the Outback Way Stakeholder Forum 2024
being held in Canberra 30 June – 1 July.