The jobs at Mountain Blue Farms, Mara Seeds, Mara Global Foods, Riverbend Pork and Yulgilbar Santa Gertrudis Stud have been assured with today’s announcement of a $7 million upgrade of the Clarence Way, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
“These companies turnover more than $250 million annually for the Tabulam economy and are crucial to maintaining and creating local jobs,” he said.
“Kyogle Council came to me asking for assistance in upgrading Clarence Way, which is a key project needed to unlock the economic potential of the Tabulam Agribusiness Precinct.
“Clarence Way has a loose, dangerous and uneven gravel surface. This means businesses not only find it hard to get their produce to market, but in many cases their products are damaged due to the poor condition of the road.
“This hurts the financial viability of many of the businesses and also threatens jobs.
“The Government will co-fund this $7 million project with Kyogle Council that will seal 15 kilometres of the Clarence Way south of the Bruxner Highway.”
The upgrade is in addition to the $5 million Culmaran Creek Road project that Kevin Hogan announced in June this year.
Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland has welcomed the funding announcement.
“The Clarence Way has been a priority for Council for a number of years and I am so pleased that we have received this funding towards this project,” she said.
“The Clarence Way is part of Council’s bigger Tabulam agri-business precinct project and $3.55 million is a great starting point.
“Council will continue to lobby around these projects until Tabulam and Mallanganee have water and sewer, and the roads and bridges have improved.
“I’d like to acknowledge the work of Kevin Hogan in advocating for us in Canberra – the partnership between Council and the Federal Government has proven to be a fruitful and productive one.”
Some of the major projects Kevin Hogan has delivered for our community include:
- $15 million for expansion of Norco’s Ice-cream factory
- $17 million in grants for nine job-creating projects
- More than 300 new Aged Care beds
- New Headspace in Grafton
- Redevelopment of Oakes Oval.
- New Northern Rivers Regional Art Gallery
- Expanded North Coast Regional Hockey Complex
- Maclean Riverside Precinct
- Casino Amphitheatre
- Southern Cross Lads Safe Driving Course
- Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club
- Wollongbar Club House
- Kyogle Aquatic Centre
- Upgrade of Casino Saleyard
- Sealed road to Toonumbar Dam
- Repair of Woodburn to Coraki Road
- Coffs Harbour bypass
- Revitalisation of Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall
- Major upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road
- Upgrade of Harwood Mill and Refinery
- Replacing 20 wooden bridges in Kyogle
- Upgraded Albert Park Baseball Complex
- Upgrade of Casino Hospital Emergency Department
- Six new Trade Training Centres
- Record bulk billing rates
- Record funding for our local schools
- Record health funding
- Woodburn Riverside Precinct
- Casino Drill Hall Precinct
- More In-Home and Residential Aged Care place