Nationals Candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin today joined local business owners and transport operators to announce $739,000 in vital road safety upgrades for Nimbin Road, Stoney Chute Road and Blue Knob Road.

Mr Curtin said as one of the top tourist hot spots in NSW, Nimbin deserves safe access for travellers and families.

“Nimbin Road, Stoney Chute Road and Blue Knob Road are three vital access routes that allow school buses, tourists, workers and families to travel in and out of Nimbin.” Mr Curtin said.

“From day one, road safety has been one of my top priorities, and I’m glad to be able to deliver this funding to make our roads safer,”

“This funding will allow the instalment of curve alignment markers, advisory speed signs, guideposts, barrier lines and upgrading the seal to a high level non-skid surface in particular sections.”

Darren Butcher, owner of the Nimbin Bakery said his business relies on tourists flocking into town.

“I get people visiting my shop from all over the world, most of them travelling by bus or campervan. If our roads continue to be unsafe, these tourists will be less likely to make the journey to Nimbin. Mr Butcher said.

“I am very happy that we are seeing more money invested in our town and the roads that lead into it.”

This funding was secured as part of the Government’s Saving Lives on Country Roads and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiatives.

The Nationals in Government are investing $1.9 billion over five years to deliver the Road Safety Plan 2021.This includes $640 million for Saving Lives on Country Roads and $180 million for Liveable and Safe Urban Communities.