VIDEO: Snapshot of the Pacific Highway upgrade at Woodburn

UPDATE: 4.20pm: FEDERAL Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, and Transport Minister, Darren Chester, are taken on a tour of the construction site at the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

The project has created thousands of jobs for Northern Rivers people.

Watch the video for a snapshot of the project and a glimpse of what's going on at the work site.

 

UPDATE 1.45pm: "THIS $10 billion project ... is going to change lives, it's going to save lives," Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said at Woodburn today.

The minister stopped by the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade for a construction site tour and to find out how it was progressing.

Page MP Kevin Hogan at the Pacific Highway construction site at Woodburn.
Page MP Kevin Hogan at the Pacific Highway construction site at Woodburn. Cathryn Mclauchlan

"In terms of changing lives, it's going to reduce congestion and improve productivity on this important regional highway," Mr Chester said.

"In terms of saving lives we've already seen a halving in the number of fatalities on the Pacific Highway since work began.

"Up until 2040 we expect to save a thousand lives once the project is completed."

Work is now under way on 90km of the 155km of the Woolgoolga to Ballina project.

 

FRIDAY 11.35am: THOUSANDS of jobs will be created on the Northern Rivers as a result of $1 billion worth of major civil work packages which have gone to tender for a new section the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said the duplication of the highway, including the current work on the Ballina to Woolgoolga section, was on track.

"This is great news for our community," he said.

"Not only is the long-awaited duplication of the Pacific Highway on schedule to meet our 2020 deadline, about 900 jobs will be created locally and another 2500 indirect jobs just from the $1 billion worth of civil work tenders I announced recently."

"Every time someone working on the Pacific Highway upgrade fuels up, buys lunch, stays in local accommodation or goes to local businesses to purchase goods and services, they are injecting money into the local economy."

Work is now under way on 90km of the 155km of the Woolgoolga to Ballina project.



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