Funding for Bridges and Roads in Myall Lakes
Communities, businesses and visitors to the Myall Lakes will soon reap the benefits of road and bridge improvements after the MidCoast Council received $1.8 million from the NSW Government for upgrades in the Myall Lakes region.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay joined member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead to announce the specific purpose grant will see Bulga Creek Bridge and Bobin Creek Bridge upgraded and safety works carried out on Remembrance Drive which forms part of the 99 kilometre Tourist Drive 8 between Taree and Port Macquarie.
“The communities and businesses in this area have made it clear to us how important it is that local roads are upgraded and I am pleased we are able to help the MidCoast Council deliver these upgrades,” Mr Gay said.
“This region is a wonderful part of NSW and the Liberal and Nationals Government is delivering vital road infrastructure for our regional communities to make it easier do business and easier for visitors to get there."
Mr Bromhead said completing these upgrades was vital as the region booms and more residents and tourists discover the area and make a greater use of the local road network.
“I asked the Minister to come and visit Myall Lakes, as a matter of priority, and I am thrilled he has come up here to make today’s announcement and for me to show him other council-owned roads in our region which need additional funding.
“I have been fighting for a number of years to see these projects funded and will continue to fight for further funding.”
$900,000 will be invested to upgrade the Bulga Creek Bridge and to replace the current timber and concrete deck.
$750,000 will be invested to upgrade various sections of Remembrance Drive for safety improvement works which include upgrading intersections and junctions, widening tight curves, replacing old guard rails, removing vegetation to improve sight distance and improving signposting at major intersections.
$150,000 will be invested to improve Bobin Creek Bridge near Bobin with work to upgrade the bridge approaches; provide new safety rails and restoring the bridge deck.
Mr Bromhead and Minster Gay inspected Cedar Party Bridge which was allocated $350,000 in June from Fixing Country Roads program to investigate options for the replacement of the bridge. They also visited key sections of Old Bar Road and the Lakes Way to see where future upgrades to the roads could occur.
CAPTION: Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead was joined by Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay to inspect Cedar Party Creek Bridge and announce $1.8 million in bridge and road funding.