Announcing news of a $1.38 million grant for Gulf Road at Emmaville, Glen Innes Severn Deputy Mayor Di Newman, left, Director Infrastructure Services Keith Appleby, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Mayor Carol Sparks and Councillor Glenn Frendon.
Monday, 8 November 2021
A BITUMEN void on Gulf Road at Emmaville will soon be filled, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $1.38 million State Government grant to allow Glen Innes Severn Council to gravel re-sheet and commence bitumen sealing a section of the busy road.
To date, Glen Innes Severn Council has received $5.28 million for 10 local road projects, through the State Government’s Fixing Local Roads Program.
Mr Marshall said as recently as last month, residents had raised with him concerns the poor quality of the road was limiting their ability to do business.
“Gulf Road serves a significant number of lifestyle and rural properties and has never had the investment needed to bring the road to the standard required by the community,” Mr Marshall said.
“Due to the uneven nature of Gulf Road, I have had reports of trucking companies refusing to travel along it – a huge problem for local farmers.
“Using this grant, council will commence the most significant upgrade Gulf Road has experienced, probably since it was first built.
“The project first involves gravel re-sheeting the unsealed section of Gulf Road.15 kilometre of unsealed road will then be converted to bitumen seal, using a graded aggregate seal.
“Residents are likely to see action on these works in the New Year, as local contractors and council staff get to work. The project is planned to be delivered by October 2022.
“I expect these works will go a long way towards improving the journey, increasing access and ensuring the safety of road users including the school bus.”
Glen Innes Severn Mayor Carol Sparks said the upgrade of Gulf Road is long overdue and will be welcomed by many residents and landholders in the Emmaville area.
“The road is often affected by storm events causing washouts, and deteriorates rapidly after grading,” Cr Sparks
“The upgrade of the road will improve the level of service to the residents by reducing dust, and maintaining a smooth surface in between maintenance activities.”