Saffin welcomes attention for Kyogle roads; meets with RFS brigades

STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin has welcomed more than $4 million in State Government Fixing Local Roads funding for four roads in the Kyogle Local Government Area and already has inspected the condition of two of them.

STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin has welcomed more than $4 million in State Government Fixing Local Roads funding for four roads in the Kyogle Local Government Area and already has inspected the condition of two of them.

Ms Saffin thanked Kyogle Lion Col Griffiths for recently taking her and her Senior Electorate Officer Carmel Cook on a tour of the Lions Road, sections of which will be rehabilitated along its 8.2-kilometre length.

Ms Saffin that afternoon had visited Kyogle Golf Club, where President Col proudly showed her newly renovated toilet facilities, which she supported under the State Government’s 2019 Community Building Partnership Program.

The latest Lions Road project is made up with a $539,920 State contribution, $213,307 from Kyogle Council and $100,000 from the Lions Club, totalling $853,227.

“We drove right up to the Queensland border on what many people call ‘the road that Jack (the late trucking legend and Lion Jack Hurley OAM) built’ and I am familiar with Lions Road because I secured about half a million dollars in funding for it when I was Federal Member for Page,” Ms Saffin said.

“Another major project is $2,757,657 to rehabilitate sections of Afterlee Road from Ettrick Road intersection through to Eden Creek Road intersection, and Carmel and I drove this road on the way to a meeting with Rural Fire Service volunteers in Wyneden.”

The project split for Afterlee Road is $2,068,243 in State funding and $689,414 from Kyogle Council.

Ms Saffin said it was good that these roads, which cut through some wonderfully scenic country, are getting some attention.

Kyogle Council had confirmed that first cab off the rank would be the initial sealing of 2.2-kilometres of Lynches Creek Road between the hall and the first bridge from mid to late August, weather permitting.

The Lynches Creek Road project is worth $1,153,264 with $864,948 coming from the State Government and $288,316 from Kyogle Council.

And 5.7 kilometres of Tabulam Road north of Tabulam village is set to be rehabilitated at a total cost of $960,331 ($720,248 from State and $240,083 from Council).

Commenting on her meeting with Wyneden and Toonumbar RFS brigades, Ms Saffin said she had taken their requests for upgraded vehicles and a new out-of-flood shed at Wyneden to RFS Northern Rivers Zone Manager Superintendent Michael Brett.

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