The $5 million upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road will improve transport links, increase freight efficiencies and pave the way for more local jobs, the Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
“This is great news for our community,” he said.
“Local companies like Mara Seeds and Mara Global Foods came to me because they were having difficulty getting their produce to markets, which was restricting their growth and job creation.
“The new road will support the existing 25 jobs at the two companies and provide the potential for doubling the workforce over the next 12 to 18 months. It supported another 17 jobs during the construction phase.
“By creating a new dual lane concrete bridge capable of supporting heavier vehicles and their cargo, we have unlocked the barriers to growth that many local industries have faced due to poor freight access to places like the Port of Brisbane.
Kyogle Mayor Danielle Mulholland said Council was happy with the outcome.
“It is largely due to partnerships that this road got funded – partnerships between different levels of government, with industry leaders and the community, and I thank them all for their assistance,” Cr Mulholland said.
The Government committed more than $2 million to the project under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.
Kyogle Council committed a further $245,000, Mara Global Foods $30,000 and Mara Seeds $10,000.