Motorcyclists race into Kyogle to improve the Lions Road
AFTER years of frustration and disappointment from government, the Kyogle Lions Club took it upon itself to build a road over the rugged McPherson Range to the Queensland border.
It was a massive undertaking for a service club - 11km of road with 56 sets of pipes, three bridges and 12 cattle grids.
With help from local companies and the community, including involvement by the Beaudesert Lions Club on the other side of the border, a dirt road suitable for cars was built and opened in December 1971.
In 2002 the road was sealed and it has become a popular route for motorcycle enthusiasts.
This weekend the Lions Road will be closed as about 200 riders lean into the bends on their way from Rathdowney in Queensland to Kyogle for the inaugural Lions TT Motorcycle Festival.
Money raised from the festival will go towards improving the road's condition and safety.
The festival is expected to bring about 1000 people, with market stalls and entertainment through the weekend. A sprint event will run at Casino airfield.
Kyogle Council's tourism and economic development officer Malcolm Wallis said they were "dealing a bit with the unknown" because it was the first year, but hoped it would shine a light on Kyogle as a destination.
Kyogle Chamber of Commerce president Doug Allan said there was a lot of excitement in the business community.