Hi All, Mayor Damien Ryan has declined our invitation to join …

Comment on LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route by Erwin Chlanda.

Hi All,

Mayor Damien Ryan has declined our invitation to join the debate here but he gave me information – see below – saying that he had no opportunity to access this site.
This surprised me as Damien is one of the most prolific tweeters – 22 of them on September 7, for example, including some footy score updates – but it’s a free country!
Damien says he went to Canberra three weeks ago for discussions about the east-west highway and received a good hearing from both parties.
Barnaby Joyce is especially keen on the idea.
Damien says he recently briefed the council on the issues.
The Territory alone is spending $20m a year fixing the present dirt sections of the route.
It is not yet a project of the highest priority for Infrastructure Australia nor for Regional Development Australia, and the proponents are looking for $540 over 10 years across the two states and the NT.
The cost is $250,000 per kilometer.
In Queensland and WA local government builds roads.
Damien says it took years of lobbying to get the south road sealed between Alice and Port Augusta, with the local ASPRO group pushing hard.

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LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
On Twitter from Senator Trish Crossin ‏@trishcrossin

@alice_news happy to talk about the Outback Highway anytime … this is a great corridor linking this nation and should be sealed.
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