Key tourist routes receive green light for much-needed upgrades

Media Release

DC323/2017

27 October 2017

  • $1.65 million federal funding for three local road upgrades
  • Bartletts Road and Mount Warning Road in Tweed Shire to be upgraded as part of Richmond Roads Package
  • Package also includes repairs to Belongil Creek Bridge near Byron Bay

The Australian Government has approved $1.65 million for crucial upgrade projects in the Richmond electorate, delivering safer, more efficient roads for northern New South Wales communities.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester was in Tumbulgum today to inspect Bartletts Road, which will soon be upgraded.

“At the 2016 election, the Government promised funding for six road upgrades across the electorate of Richmond, and today's announcement delivers on the first three of these priority projects,” Mr Chester said.

“The $750,000 Bartletts Road upgrade will help the road cope with heavy vehicle traffic through the area and improve safety while reducing operating costs, noise and pollution by diverting heavy vehicles off Tweed Valley Way.

“The $400,000 Mount Warning Road project will provide a new, wider culvert over Korrumbyn Creek to address frequent blockage and flooding, helping keep the road safe and more reliably accessible.

“The road upgrades in the Tweed Shire are due for completion by mid-2019.

“The $500,000 Australian Government investment supports the reinforcing of Belongil Creek Bridge to help maintain access to Byron Bay for residents, industry, tourists and emergency services.

“We are committed to changing lives and saving lives, and these works will do just that.”