Way around Casino and Kyogle
CASINO and Kyogle would be bypassed by the Summerland Way and a new cross-border link built between the road and the Mt Lindesay Highway under a proposal put to Australia’s top infrastructure body.
Members of the Trans Regional Amalgamated Infrastructure Network – otherwise known as TRAIN – put the idea to Infrastructure Australia co-ordinator Michael Deegan and advisory council member Heather Ridout last week.
The group, which includes Kyogle councillor Lindsay Passfield, Southern Downs Regional Council mayor Ron Bellingham, Queensland investor Andrew Simons and Nation Building Australia director Dave Cooke, wants a new inland freight route running from Coffs Harbour to Bromelton, west of Beaudesert in South East Queensland.
The project, which the group wants developed over the next 30 years, would include Grafton’s long-awaited second bridge, redevelopment of the Summerland Way to bypass Kyogle and Casino and redevelopment of Mt Lindesay Highway to bypass Beaudesert.
The project would also involve a new connection between the Summerland Way and the Mt Lindesay Highway, east of Mt Lindesay, able to take heavy freight traffic.
It would also involve a new road/rail connection between an ‘inland port’ at Bromelton and Warwick.
The idea plugs into growing pressure from freight traffic on the Pacific Highway, Casino’s potential as a manufacturing hub for the Northern Rivers and the Queensland Government’s plan to make Bromelton a freight hub and the Beaudesert area a major population centre.
Mr Cooke said the group’s proposal was well received by Mr Deegan and a submission had been handed to the Federal Government ahead of next month’s Budget.
Page MP Janelle Saffin said TRAIN’s proposal had promise and the push for a new freight route was building steam.
She said she understood Mr Deegan and Ms Ridout had each given TRAIN members ‘a couple of hours’ of their time to hear their presentation on the region’s transport future.
“I don’t want to overstate it and raise expectations but there is a drive and a will that hasn’t been there as strongly before,” Ms Saffin said.
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