$900,000 ‘WINNING BID’ FOR GLEN INNES SALEYARDS ROAD UPGRADES

$900,000 ‘WINNING BID’ FOR GLEN INNES SALEYARDS ROAD UPGRADES

Road works happening in Glen Innes, Mayor Carol Sparks, left, General Manager Craig Bennett, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Director Infrastructure Services Keith Appleby and Manager Infrastructure Services Sam Price.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today labelled a $900,000 grant to upgrade Furracabad Road at Glen Innes as ‘a winning bid’ in the redevelopment of the Glen Innes Saleyard complex.

The funding has been made available through the first round of the State Government’s new $500 million Fixing Local Roads program, of which the Australian Government has contributed $191 million.

Mr Marshall joined Glen Innes Severn Mayor Carol Sparks to inspect the road which adjoins Lang Street and Bradleys Lane – the entrance to the saleyard’s livestock loading area and truck wash.

“This major funding injection will act as a giant economic stimulus for the Glen Innes Shire and will complement the $1.25 million redevelopment of the sheep selling yards and $142,000 upgrade to the truck wash,” Mr Marshall said

“With Glen Innes set to become the premier sheep selling centre of northern NSW, its vital all roadways connected to the saleyards are safe and to a standard that can cope with an increase in heavy vehicle traffic.

“In order to achieve that goal this grant will be spent on fully rehabilitating of 2.5 kilometre of failed pavement on Furracabad Road, 411 metres of Lang Street and 200 metres of Bradleys Lane.

“This work will restore appropriate access to the saleyards and further beyond to grazing properties in the fertile Furracabad Valley.

“This funding is really only the start of a greater State Government plan to improve our road network and I look forward to working council, not just on the delivery of this project, but looking ahead to the next round for more funding to upgrade even more roads.”

Cr Sparks said the project would improve the operation of the Glen Innes Saleyards.

“The Glen Innes Saleyards plays a vital role in the marketing of local livestock and supporting agents and transport companies operating in the Glen Innes area,” Cr Sparks said.

“I am very encouraged by the announcement of this funding for the much needed upgrade of the Furracabad Road, with the project scheduled to start in February 2021 with a finish date of mid-April.

“Work will be undertaken by Council’s construction team, utilising local contractors for the haulage of all road materials and some local plant being utilised from contractors as required.

“Council thanks Adam and the State and Commonwealth Governments on their Fixing Local Roads program and look forward to further announcements in the next round.”

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