$10m for Bellingen-Bowraville Rd

THE securing of $10 million in funding will see the northern section of the Bellingen to Bowraville Rd repaired.

This is good news for the Spicketts Creek community which has had restricted access since the March 2009 floods.

The deluges triggered landslides, damaging the road and leaving sections dangerously narrowed.

The uprooting of trees and numerous soil and rock slides on the steep slopes left a 3.5 kilometre section of road south of Spicketts Creek closed and an 800 metre section to the north severely damaged.

Roads Minister David Borger said the Spicketts Creek community had been relying on temporary repairs to the road.

“The local community, Nambucca Shire and Bellingen Shire councils submitted a claim in January 2011 seeking state funding for the full restoration of the road,” he said.

“The damage is significant and the cost of repairs so great, careful consideration has to be given to the broader community in terms of available public resources.

“The NSW Government has had to manage several natural disaster events in the past 12 months across NSW.

“Further assessment is required to justify an additional $16 million to repair the southern section of the Bellingen to Bowraville Rd and will take into account risk and traffic volumes on the road.”

Bellingen Shire mayor Mark Troy said the much-needed funding would allay fears of complete isolation following another severe storm.

“This funding dedication which will come as a great relief to Spicketts Creek residents who have had restricted access for the past two years,” Cr Troy said.

“Stakeholders moved for full restoration of the road at a value management workshop in December and while full restoration should not be ruled out, it comes back to budgets and priorities.

“Massive work is needed to repair the southern section and we will continue to seek funding for this ongoing project.”



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