One million cubic metres of rock to be blasted and removed at Corindi and Dirty Creek

Media Release

WT368/2015

16 November 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads,
Maritime and Freight

Luke Hartsuyker

Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Federal Member for Cowper

Chris Gulaptis

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast
NSW Member for Clarence

About one million cubic metres of rock will be blasted and removed from locations including Corindi and Dirty Creek as work progresses on the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade is another step towards completing the duplication of the Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border.

“The Australian Government is providing $5.64 billion as part of its commitment with the New South Wales Government to complete the Pacific Highway upgrade by the end of the decade,” Mr Truss said.

“The 14 kilometre Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek upgrade is expected to be complete in 2017 and will link the Sapphire to Woolgoolga project to the south and the Halfway Creek to Glenugie project to the north.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said once complete, the Pacific Highway upgrade will provide a four-lane divided road from Hexham to the Queensland border.

“The Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek section of highway is part of the larger 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina project, which is expected to provide about 2,500 direct jobs and 7,500 indirect jobs for the community when work is at peak,” Mr Gay said.

“More than 60 per cent of the Pacific Highway duplication is complete, with a further 19 per cent being built and the remaining sections being prepared for major work.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said in order to upgrade the 14 kilometre section of road a large volume of hard rock would need to be removed.

“The equivalent of 400 Olympic size swimming pools of hard rock will need to be removed from the road alignment at Corindi and Dirty Creek,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“During the next three months significant progress will be made on the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek upgrade, starting this month with explosives experts carrying out controlled blasting at Corindi and Dirty Creek.”

Member for Clarence and New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said the rock removed from the blasting will be crushed and reused elsewhere on the project.

“With major earthwork already under way, blasting is required to remove the remaining rock deposits which would take too long to break up using traditional methods such as rock hammers and bulldozers,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“For obvious safety reasons residents and motorists will be advised before each blast takes place.”

The Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on an 80:20 basis.

For more information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B