Strzelecki Track upgrade and mobile coverage

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Access to Cooper Basin (South Australia)
Priority Initiative
Location
Lyndhurst to Innamincka, SA
Geography
Small towns, rural communities and remote areas
Category
National Connectivity
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
SA Government
Date added to the IPL
17 February 2016

Problem

The Strzelecki Track was identified in the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit as a key freight route. It is the only viable land route between Adelaide and the Cooper Basin, and will be increasingly important to service the expanding oil and gas industry in the Cooper and Eromanga Basins, and the pastoral industry in the north-east of South Australia. The Audit also recognises that it is an important route for providing access for communities and tourism.

The Strzelecki Track is unsealed and suffers from potholes, corrugation and a lack of drainage. It is not sufficiently wide for triple road trains.

The road’s condition and alignment reduce travel speed, damage vehicles, cause unpredictable closures due to flooding, and result in road safety risks. The road is not currently suitable for the most productive heavy vehicles.

Proposed initiative

The initiative proposes to upgrade 426 km of the Strzelecki Track between Lyndhurst and Innamincka, and 26 km of the Nappa Merrie Access Road. This will provide an upgraded connection between South Australia and Queensland. Improvements to mobile phone coverage along the route are also proposed.

Next steps

Proponent to complete business case development (Stage 3 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).