Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the wave of North Coast roadbuilding jobs and investment is continuing, with another major contract awarded to deliver a section of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina.
He said a Seymour Whyte Limited—Ostwald Brothers joint venture would deliver a 35-kilometre section of the upgrade between Glenugie and Tyndale.
“This is great news for our community. This pipeline of contract awards means there are about 2,500 direct jobs and 7,500 indirect jobs expected to be supported across the Woolgoolga to Ballina section by the middle of next year,” Mr Hogan said.
“Most of the road building, bridges, piling and concrete supply contracts have now been awarded for the 155-kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade and we are on track to open to traffic by 2020.”
New South Wales Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the latest contract covered works between Tyndale and Maclean, the Richmond River and Ballina Bypass.
“All contracts have been awarded for the section’s bridges, including the 1.5-kilometre bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood and the 980-metre Broadwater Bridge over the Richmond River,” Mr Gulaptis said.
For more information about the project and to keep up to date, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/northern-nsw/woolgoolga-to-ballina/index.html.
The upgrade is due to open by 2020 and is being funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on an 80:20 basis.