Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and State Member for Lismore Thomas George today turned the first sod on the $5 million upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road that will help local companies get their produce to domestic and international markets.

“Companies like Mara Seeds and Mara Global Foods came to me because they were having difficulty getting their produce to markets, which was restricting their growth and job creation,” Mr Hogan said.

“I was pleased to announce recently Federal Government funds of more than $2 million to kick start the upgrade of the complete 4.25km stretch of Culmaran Creek Road.

“By creating a new duel lane concrete bridge capable of supporting heavier vehicles and their cargo, we will unlock the barriers to growth that many local industries have faced due to poor freight access to places like the Port of Brisbane.

“Importantly, this upgrade will create an extra 26 jobs in the community.”

Mr George said the NSW Government’s contribution of $2.629m to the upgrade will significantly help in reduce costs to business and industry, while driving economic growth.

“Economic growth in rural areas relies on agricultural commodities, industrial products and natural resources being able to move to market efficiently,” he said.

“By developing this particular piece of infrastructure, more jobs will be created in the community of Mallanganee which could also mean more families coming to town.”

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said the upgrade would mean more local jobs.

“More industry means more jobs, more jobs means more money spent locally, supporting our local communities,” she said.

“I am so pleased that Culmaran Creek Road has been funded for this reason and I congratulate Member for Page Kevin Hogan and State Member for Lismore Thomas George for their advocacy around this project.”

Mara Seeds chief executive Stuart Larsson said the upgraded road would ensure the company’s refrigerated produce could more easily be sold domestically and internationally.

“The current road is unsuitable for refrigerated transport and it would continue to retard our growth if it was not upgraded,” he said.

“Our produce is produced locally so it will be good for the local economy once this road is upgraded.”

This project is jointly funded with the NSW Government $2,629,000, the Federal Government investing $2,080,477, Kyogle Council $245,000 and Mara Seeds and Mara Global $60,000.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.