Construction Commences on Riverside Drive Upgrade

Media Release

WT039/2015

16 February 2015

Work to fix crumbling Riverside Drive at Nambucca Heads is starting today using $5 million in Coalition Government funding delivered by Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said construction is now underway on the first of two sections of the upgrade.

“Riverside Drive carries more than 8,000 vehicles each day and is the primary link between the Pacific Highway and the Nambucca Heads CBD,” Mr Truss said.

“I've visited the area and have seen firsthand the need to undertake urgent works to stop the road sliding into the river, and Luke Hartsuyker has lobbied strongly to secure these funds from the Australian Government.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the first 500 metre section of Riverside Drive will be reconstructed with new road pavement and guardrails.

“Works will also be undertaken to stabilise the deteriorating upper embankment to safeguard against potential damage to the homes that line Riverside Drive,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Sections of Riverside Drive are currently at high risk of landslip and the danger to motorists is unacceptable. The commencement of this project is an example of the Coalition delivering on election commitments.

“The construction company, Specialised Geo Pty Ltd, has advised that 30 full time jobs will be created during the upgrade of the first section, delivering an important economic boost to the community.

“Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban is to be congratulated on the hard work invested by Council in ensuring the safety of motorists and residents on Riverside Drive is paramount, culminating in this major repair work.

“This project comes on top of the Coalition's massive infrastructure commitment of $1.25 billion to the upgrade of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads and Nambucca Heads to Urunga sections of the Pacific Highway.”

Another smaller 40 metre section of Riverside Drive between Piggott and Nelson Streets will also be upgraded. Construction on this section is expected to start shortly, following the recent advertisement of tenders.