Kevin Hogan, a federal representative for Page, and Janelle Saffin, a state representative for Lismore, joined Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg to formally inaugurate the $14.2 million Employment Lands project in Goonellabah.
Oliver Avenue will be extended to connect with the Bruxner Highway as part of the project, which aims to open up the Goonellabah Industrial Estate to encourage investment and increase local employment.
The initiative, according to Mayor Krieg, is crucial for our community as Council seeks to entice investment to boost our regional economy.
It is wonderful to see this jointly sponsored initiative from the Federal, State, and Council open. More flood-free land is created for local business, which will lead to more local jobs, he claimed.
The natural disaster in February 2022 caused a delay in the project, but I want to congratulate the building crew on the finished product.
Janelle Saffin, a state representative for Lismore, emphasized the importance of the undertaking.
“This initiative was critical before the flood, and now that our community’s economy is recovering, it is even more crucial. Good transportation infrastructure and more industrial land have a role in that. All of these are delivered by this, she claimed.
Construction of the Oliver Avenue link included building a new bridge over Tucki Tucki Creek, a new roundabout at the intersection of Oliver Avenue, Holland Street, and Taylor Avenue, modifying or upgrading the current roundabout at Bruxner and Holland Street to accommodate B-double movements, building a new public parking lot at Hepburn Park, and performing earthmoving on Council-owned property at 260 Oliver Avenue to make room for more industrial lots.
Council committed $1.17 million to the project and received $2 million from the Australian government in addition to $11 million from the New South Wales government.
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