Freight transformation underway for Australian outback

A roadtrain moves through arid Western Australian escarpment.

The Outback Highway Development Council is hosting the Outback Way Forum 2024 in Canberra.

The forum is being held to involve participants in developing ways to capitalise on new opportunities the massive project will occasion for the transport and logistics sectors.

The Outback Way promises to become an iconic transport route stretching from Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland, connecting east coast to west coast Australia, passing through Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Currently being sealed, the highway is set to become a thriving corridor of commercial investment and development, creating a bustling network of intermodal hubs and industrial estates.

The development of intermodal hubs — facilities that manage the exchange and storage of shipping containers over longer journeys — will make a new scale of commercial opportunities possible in the Australian Outback and across the nation.

This will offer business and investment opportunities in transport, freight, mining, agriculture, tourism, accommodation, roadhouses, environment and clean energy.

Mayor of Boulia (QLD), Rick Britton, offered a prepared statement advocating for what he claims will be a transformative project.

“The Outback Way is not just a road — it’s the backbone of economic growth for regional Australia.

“By developing intermodal hubs in Laverton, Winton, and Alice Springs, we are unlocking the full potential of this vast landscape, fostering commercial opportunities, and improving the quality and liveability of local communities.”

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