Work has started on a $5 million project to upgrade Culmaran Creek Road at Mallanganee.
State Member for Lismore Thomas George and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan joined with Kyogle Council Deputy Mayor Cr John Burley to officially turn the first sod of the major infrastructure project.
When complete, the project will provide rural industries such as Mara Seeds and Mara Global and local farmers with the infrastructure they need to succeed and grow their business, open up new markets, create jobs and boost the local economy.
It will involve:
• The reconstruction and widening of 3.6km of Culmaran Creek Road
• Initial sealing of at least 520m of gravel road
• Replacement of a single lane timber bridge with a dual lane concrete/steel bridge
• Upgrades to road drainage infrastructure, signage and delineation
• Improvements to the intersection of Bruxner Highway and Culmaran Creek Road
• Improvements to the gravel sections of Culmaran Creek Road to be used for detour during the works, including replacement of a small single lane timber bridge with a concrete pipe culvert
The State Government has committed $2.629 million through Restart NSW to the project, while the Australian Government will contribute $1.682 million through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package and another $398,000 through the Bridge Renewal Program. Kyogle Council itself will provide $245,000 in funding and local industries, Mara Seeds and Mara Global will kick in $60,000.
Deputy Mayor Cr Burley said the Culmaran Creek Road Project was a perfect example of the incredible benefits that could flow to communities when the three tiers of government worked together.