It was in the 1920’s that road transport of cattle commenced, and it soon became a threat to the railways to such an extent that controls were placed on road transport in 1930. Livestock and wool within certain corridors had to be carried on rail. This and its various regulations remained until the 1960’s.(Technology in Australia 1788 - 1988,Ch 2, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Melbourne (1988), (Online 2000))
Photo No.: 103762 Title: Loading Northern store cattle at Marree for road transport. Date: 18 April 1961
The Federal Government funded “beef roads” in the 1960’s, allowing Territory cattle to be trucked to the Alice Springs railhead for railing south. Similarly the Birdsville track was upgraded bringing to an end the era of the long distance drover.