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Budget 2005: Outback roads receive funding.

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Budget: Outback roads receive funding

Tuesday, 10 May 2005

The Federal Budget recognises the significance of outback roads to the Northern Territory.

Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Budget has confirmed previous commitments by the Australian Government to address concerns of pastoralists, tour operators and local communities.

"Territory councils will receive $5 million in 2005-06 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Program and $11.6 million in untied local road grants.

"The Territory has nine-thousand kilometres of unsealed local roads in unincorporated areas not covered by the local council system.

"We've delivered $4 million dollars for unincorporated roads this year as part of a promised $16 million package over four years."

Senator Scullion said the Budget has also delivered on the Government's commitment to provide vital funding for the Outback Highway.

"This is a 2,800 kilometre outback route linking Western Australia with Queensland, via Alice Springs and the Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park.

"The Northern Territory will receive an allocation of $1 million for projects being discussed between the Government and the Outback Highway Development Committee.

"The Outback Highway has the potential to become one of the world's great adventure driving experiences."