Outback Way Forum 2024

Be a Part of Creating the Outback Way’s Future Vision

Join us to develop our Benefits Roadmap at QT Canberra, Eureka Room
Sunday 30th June – Monday 1st July

The OHDC successfully lobbied for over $1B in Federal funding for state and territory governments to seal the Outback Highway by 2032. Now the moment has arrived to capitalise on this extraordinary opportunity. The Outback Highway, connecting our communities across the centre of the nation, will provide significant socio-economic benefits, but not without a diverse range of stakeholders coming together to coordinate and collaborate. The Forum will be a unique experience to begin this process, through the creation of a Benefits Roadmap, that will chart the necessary projects, policies and requirements to start delivering benefits as soon as possible.

The forum will bring together community, industry, business, indigenous and government representatives to discuss and collaborate on many topics, such as:

  • Tangible, near-term opportunities to improve the cost of living for isolated communities while increasing economic participation 
  • Business and industry, development and growth opportunities that open up new markets while reducing the cost of doing business
  • Road infrastructure to improve safety, emergency access and mobility for locals, tourists, industry and freight
  • Preparedness for the impacts of increased traffic and population growth on community, culture and the environment
  • Developing and promoting an iconic tourism and cultural heritage attraction – Australia’s Route 66!

The forum will be an engaging experience, designed to support your participation in progressively building out a Benefits Roadmap. Day 1 will focus on whole-of-highway and regional benefits, and what will be needed to support their delivery. Day 2 will build on this, by focusing on the tangible, key benefits the highway offers in the immediate future, and the projects and plans needing to be put into action now. 

Outback Way Forum 2024, Agenda

Day 1: Sunday 30 June
12:30 Lunch, Registration & Opening
1:45 Navigating the Outback Way: Progress, Priorities & Opportunities
3:30 Landing National & Regional Benefits
6:00 Close
6:30 Networking Dinner (optional)

Day 2: Monday 1 July
8:30 Registration & Opening 
9:30 Locating Infrastructure & Projects to Deliver National & Regional Benefits 
11:00 Exploring Community, Business & Industry Initiatives
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Detailing Community, Business & Industry Initiatives
3:30 Actions to deliver the Benefits Roadmap
5:00 Close
6.30 Networking Dinner (optional)

Following the event, the results from both days will be used to create a Benefits Roadmap to accompany an OHDC report that will be available to all attendees and stakeholders to use as a communication tool for advocacy and coordination. 

The Outback Highway Development Council (OHDC) is organising this event, with various participation opportunities to maximise involvement and engagement. To get the most out of the opportunity, we strongly recommended attending both days. More details, including how to prepare, will be provided closer to the event.

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