The Northern Rivers is set for a major boost with new $9.7 million in funding for 22 projects across the Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley Local Government Areas thanks to the NSW Nationals in the federal government.
Federal NSW Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said this funding was designed to support councils deliver priority infrastructure projects.
“This funding will be used to support jobs and help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Hogan said.
“These projects range from roads, to bridges, and upgrades to important community facilities.
“This package will deliver opportunities for locals to be employed and businesses to benefit by providing materials and services.
“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our community.
“Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the economy, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected.”
Projects have been funded through the Local Roads Community Infrastructure program, Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants, Heavy Vehicle Program or the Bridges Renewal Program.
Projects approved in the Lismore LGA include:
• $2,000,000 to upgrade access to the Goonellabah Industrial Precinct with an Oliver Avenue link road.
• $594,100 to replace the Town road bridge, Terania Creek.
• $560,000 for renewal of the Bungabee Bridge, Bentley. Raising the level of the bridge, improving flood immunity, sightlines, gradient and alignment.
• $447,570 to reconstruct South Western part of Eggins Lane, Lismore with power and storm water infrastructure.
• $186,500 to reconstruct pavement along Rock Valley road, Rock Valley.
• $145,000 to the Shine Festival, for one week tourism focused event to re-illuminate the region’s ‘shine’ attracting visitors and reigniting tourism in the region. The program will include streetscape illuminations, visual art show of indigenous storytelling, live multimedia art exhibitions and a live sculpture walk.
Projects approved in the Kyogle LGA include:
• $2,000,000 to upgrade the Clarence Way from Woodenbong to Urbenville.
• $1,148,083 to replace the Capeen Creek Road bridge in Capeen Creek.
• $387,745 to replace the Collins Valley Road bridge in Lynchs Creek.
• $280,000 to upgrade Bonalbo BMX track to Asphalt Pump Track and replace and upgrade sports ground lighting.
• $181,156 to refurbish existing amenities, Pathway at rear of pool and upgrade BMX track to Asphalt Pump Track in Woodenbong.
• $170,000 for new disabled amenities building, construction of asphalt pump track with landscaping and tree planting in Tabulam.
• $160,000 to upgrade carparking at Sinclair Street frontage and access pathway to tennis courts. Resurface existing tennis court. Improvements to multi-purpose court area, Old Bonalbo.
• $130,000 to upgrade sports oval lighting at Mallanganee
• $100,000 to the Art on Bundjalung project to celebrate the creative and cultural heritage of the Bundjalung region and includes an Aboriginal arts and craft market and a headline Aboriginal music act.
• $78,000 for Anzac Park for an additional barbecue at skate park shelter, additional lighting for park facilities and shade sail over existing playground, Kyogle.
• $25,000 to the Kyogle & District Historical Museum to construct an additional storage area for museum and Historical Society collections at existing Museum building site.
Projects approved in the Richmond Valley LGA include:
• $565,000 to replace the Ellangowan road bridge.
• $405,000 for landscaping improvements and viewing platform for the Casino Drill Hall.
• $125,230 for the Casino Scenic and Heritage Walk, informational signage along walk and promotional imagery.
• $32,214 to upgrade the Coraki Caravan Park amenity block.