Funding flows into Northern Rivers roads upgrade package

Media Release

DC327/2017

31 October 2017

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

Robert Mustow

Richmond Valley Council, Mayor

Isaac Smith

Lismore City Council, Mayor

Australian Government funding has been approved for the $4.437 million program of road safety upgrades in the Lismore region, under the Page Roads Upgrade Package.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the funding would address deterioration at Woodburn Coraki Road, Broadwater Road, Wyrallah Road and the Lismore CBD's Conway Street.

“These improvements will enhance safety and quality while reducing ongoing maintenance costs on key local road links,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the funding delivered on the Coalition's 2016 election promise.

“Our Government is delivering the right infrastructure for Northern Rivers. Fixing the deterioration of these routes will enhance access to Lismore from Broadwater and Woodburn, while the Conway Street works will support Lismore businesses, tourism and the local community by upgrading this important arterial road,” Mr Hogan said.

Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow said the Woodburn Coraki Road upgrade was particularly important as a freight connection to the Pacific Highway.

“Woodburn Coraki Road links Richmond Valley townships and supports primary industry and heavy haulage, making this upgrade critical to ensuring freight transport can safely access main arterial routes,” Cr Mustow said.

Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith said the upgrades to Broadwater Road, Wyrallah Road and Conway Street would focus on improving road surface quality.

Construction on the upgrades is due to begin from December 2017, with completion of all projects due by late 2018,” Cr Smith said.

The $4.437 million Page Road Upgrade Package will be funded by an Australian Government commitment of $2.01 million, a Richmond Valley Council contribution of $1.417 million and a Lismore City Council contribution of $1.01 million.