The Federal Government has just promised $100 million to upgrade northern cattle roads but grey nomads needn’t worry that the cash will take the adventure out of driving on these remote roads.
The NT Government has said it would need more than $1 billion to upgrade its cattle roads, and the WA Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) said the money wouldn’t make much difference when split across the three northern states.
“It depends how much of it actually finishes up in WA, but to be perfectly honest with you $100 million is a drop in the bucket,” PGA president, Tony Seabrook, told the ABC. “It will disappear on maintenance and hardly any construction … you just can’t get road construction for that amount of money.”
Transport companies and pastoralists hope the Tanami Road and the Great Central Road will receive a lot more funding
Mark Castagna, from Tanami Transport, a transport company based in Alice Springs which works on both roads, said it was a positive move by the Federal Government.
“It’s a start isn’t it? Every little bit helps, but at the minute we need a fair bit more I reckon,” Mr Castagna told the ABC. “The Territory side is shocking at the minute … they’re all bad at the moment because with the cattle prices being so good everyone’s shifting them.”
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