Culmaran Creek Road at Mallangangee is currently receiving a $5 million upgrade, making way for more jobs and better access for businesses.

Nationals Candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today inspected the works.

“It’s terrific to see the progress made on this project so far; it’s going to make a real difference to freight connectivity for the region,” Mr Curtin said.

“Culmaran Creek Road was in poor condition and hindered the growth of local business. This work will make the road safer whilst also creating jobs.

“Once complete, higher productivity vehicles will be able to use the route and that’s going to directly benefit our farmers and local businesses as well as the transport of general freight in the region.”

Mr Hogan added: “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.

“By creating a new dual 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, through growth at Mara Global Foods processing facility at Culmaran Creek Rd.”

The Culmaran Creek Road project was awarded $2.6 million from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, $2.1 million from the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package and Bridge Renewal Program, and contributions from the council and local industry.

Work includes replacing the old single-lane timber bridge over Culmaran Creek with a new dual-lane concrete bridge, reconstructing and widening 3.6km of roadway, sealing 520m of gravel road, intersection works and upgrades to drainage and signage.

Work is due to be completed later this year.