The Australian and Western Australian Governments are moving forward with their commitment to making the Great Northern Highway a better and safer road with construction starting on two vital upgrades.
The Australian Government is continuing to progress the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, with a $6 million contract awarded for feasibility design work between Illabo and Stockinbingal in New South Wales.
The Turnbull Government understands that following the release of the business case for the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) today, the Queensland Government has concluded that the costs of the project would significantly outweigh the benefits for the community.
The Australian Government will deliver another $160 million to seal and widen priority sections of the iconic Outback Way, taking the Government's total commitment to the route to $330 million and continuing the Government's commitment to nation building and improving regional connectivity.
Major re-railing works are now underway in South Australia as part of the $252 million Adelaide to Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration project with the first Whyalla-made steel rail tracks installed on the route.
Queensland's rail freight needs will soon be drawn into sharp focus with the Australian and Queensland Governments formally agreeing to canvass options on how to best serve one of the nation's most important ports.