The $5m road upgrade that will double company's workforce
IT'S taken five million dollars and 13 months to widen 4.5 kilometres of road and build a dual-lane concrete bridge on a vital road link near the village of Mallanganee.
Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Kyogle Council mayor Danielle Mulholland joined a throng of people to celebrate the upgrade with the cutting of a red ribbon.
The Culmaran Creek Rd upgrade will improve transport links, increase freight efficiencies and pave the way for more local jobs, Mr Hogan said.
Companies like Mara Seeds and Mara Global Foods were having difficulty getting their produce to markets, which was restricting their growth and job creation, Mr Hogan said.
"The new road will support the existing 25 jobs at the two companies and provide the potential for doubling the workforce over the next 12 to 18 months."
"By creating a new dual lane concrete bridge capable of supporting heavier vehicles, we have unlocked the barriers to growth that many local industries have faced due to poor freight access to places like the Port of Brisbane," Mr Hogan said.
Kyogle Mayor Danielle Mulholland said key partnerships between different levels of government, and with industry leaders and the community made funding the road easier.
WHO PAID FOR THE UPGRADE?
The Government committed more than $2 million to the project under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages. Kyogle Council committed a further $245,000, Mara Global Foods $30,000 and Mara Seeds $10,000.
PLEASE UPGRADE THESE ROADS
We asked on Facebook which roads should be a priority for an upgrade.
Shari Capp said: Whyralla Road, from Broadwater turn off, right through to Woodburn. Phleeease.
Mon Bizzle said: Clarence Valley Way to Bonalbo!!
Brenna Robertson said: The whole stretch of Clarence Way between Woodenbong and Bonalbo. Particularly through the forests. So dangerous!
Connie Scholl said: Wyan Road would be great. Needs patching and widening so cars aren't wiped off the road by trucks from sawmills. Already had to repair one of our cars. Heaps of people complains and nothing gets done. Bloody dangerous
Sandra Gardner suggested: Peacock Creek Rd. From Bonalbo to Kyogle and Casino. Alternative route to Bruxner Hwy.
Grantley Roffey said: If were talking about gravel roads that need resurfacing with tar , that can save accidents\ lives, it's got to be Hooten's Road from Bruxner Hwy to Clarence Way Old Cr.
Earle Grundy said: The next one for Kyogle Council has already started. It is the southern end of the Clarence Way from the shire boundary with Clarence Valley Regional Council to the Bruxner Highway intersection. A distance of 14.4 km which is being turned from a very poor gravel surface into a two lane bitumen road at a cost of approximately $8 million most of which is being paid for by grants from the state and federal govt. The Kyogle Council has applied for more funding to upgrage the Clarence Way from the Bruxner Highway intersection to Bonalbo and the whole of the Tabulam Road. If the KSC applications for funding these roads are successful then funding to continue the road reconstruction through to Woodenbong will be persued.