A billion-dollar investment in the remote highway Outback Way will see some of Australia’s most remote communities become more connected.

Work has begun on more than 1200 kilometres of unsealed and rough roads between Laverton in Western Australia and Winton in Queensland, with the project aiming to be complete by 2031.

For locals in the remote community of Cosmo-Newbery in the Great Victorian desert, it’ll mean safer roads and hopefully less fatalities.

Last year the community’s only teacher was killed while driving on the Outback Way.

The federal government has now allocated $678 million towards the project with state, local and territory governments contributing another $260 million.