Local jobs created by Pacific Highway upgrade
FEDERAL Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has toured the Halfway Creek Twin Bridge construction site where 80% of the workforce are North Coast residents.
Mr Hartsuyker visited the Halfway Creek to Glenugie section of the $5.64 billion Pacific Highway Upgrade where contractors CMC Constructions are undertaking major dual bridge works.
He met project manager Alistair Pagan and 20 North Coast workers at the first of 40 bridges to be built between Woolgoolga and Ballina.
"CMC Constructions are employing people from Coffs Harbour, Corindi, Maclean and Nana Glen in a range of roles from administration and engineering to frontline traffic control.
"Construction of these bridges has created many opportunities for local contractors and suppliers."
Senior engineer Luke Avery from Corindi said the works created opportunities for people with skills to work locally.
"Having engineering experience, I've often had to travel to get roles, so it's great to work here on the North Coast on such a major infrastructure project," he said.
The upgrade project is due to be completed in 2020.
The Halfway Creek twin bridges are expected to take six months to complete with the bridge due to be fully open to traffic in 2017.