Forests NSW near flood repairs

FORESTS NSW is nearing completion of flood restoration on a vital community and fire service road link south west of Bellingen.

Forests NSW North East Region operations team leader Murray Harrison said Rickerbys Road and a number of other roads were severely affected by land slips in the March 2009 floods.

Mr Harrison said Forests NSW was undertaking works using about $1.3 million sourced from bushfire mitigation funds, Treasury funds, and its own community service obligation funds to repair infrastructure damaged in the floods.

The flood repair work funded from the NSW Bushfire Mitigation Fund 2010/11 has already received a good audit report from the NSW Rural Fire Service, which said its conclusion on the Range Road Fire Trail audit was that the remedial works undertaken by Forests NSW was performed to a “very satisfactory standard” and that the staff involved should be commended on the design and quality of the work.

“We are also providing funds from our normal harvesting budget to repair roads such as Reids Creek Road which we are about to use for timber harvesting,” Mr Harrison said.

“Forests NSW has used its own engineering team and private engineers to design the landslip repairs and a number of steel and concrete bridges which we need to replace wooden bridges that have been washed away.”

When completed early next year the roads should provide all-weather access.



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