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|Date Registered||3 June 1987|
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|Coomalie Community Council|
|History/Origin||Named after the acronym Darwin Overland Road Authorities Transport (DORAT) which was a collective name used to describe the transport arm of the various state authorities who constructed the Stuart Highway in the early 1940s.
Michael Terry in his 1945 book Bulldozer: the war role of the Department of Main Roads, NSW (p166) mentions the combined effort of the state road builders and writes " got together, planned and instituted their own transport organisation and called it DORAT - abbreviation for "Darwin Overland Road Authorities Transport" and started business in March 26th." (1942)
DORAT was formed by the Victorian, South Australian and New South Wales state transport construction agencies to transport road and bridge building material north from the Alice Springs railhead as DOMF (Darwin Overland Maintenance Force) the Army's transport division was working at capacity transporting Army supplies let alone road building material.
The road was formerly a section of the Stuart Highway, named under the Military Roads Act of 1942.
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