Last year’s funding not enough for Kyogle bridges
NORTHERN Rivers councils, including Kyogle and Richmond Valley, secured funding last year from the Federal Government's Stronger Regions funding program for some highly anticipated developments.
The issue for Kyogle Council is the funding shortfall for the replacement of the numerous old timber bridges, Mayor Danielle Mulholland said.
There are 193 bridges that are scheduled to be upgraded over the next 20 years, but they are becoming unsafe quicker than the council can repair them, Cr Mulholland said.
Last year two bridges collapsed at Grevillia on Gorge Creek Rd due to storm damage.
"We need help. We can't get our beef into urban centres without roads," she said.
"Lions Road has a string of bridges and a lot of cars come down that road from Brisbane."
It is a major tourist route for Kyogle and it is at risk, Cr Mulholland said.
What was required was constitutional recognition from State and Federal governments, she said.
The problem is the way roads are assessed for funding.
"A lot of it depends on heavy vehicle usage," Cr Mulholland said.
"Lismore and Casino are industrial hubs. We're looking at the 'first mile' from the farm gate and this is not taken into account."
Richmond Valley Council mayor Ernie Bennett said the council's focus for individual projects this year was the concept plans for an amphitheatre at Queen Elizabeth Park, redeveloping the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange and looking at a pedestrian bridge linking the CBD to the sporting precinct.
He said the future of the Casino Drill Hall, the enhancement of the Crawford Square skate park and new CBD parking would also keep the council busy.