$6.5m for Kirkwood Rd extension
TWEED Shire Council has been given a $6.5 million boost to the Kirkwood Rd extension project meaning work will start early next year.
Business owners in Tweed Heads South have been pushing for the project for years, desperate for another route connecting the Pacific Highway and Minjungbal Dr to allow easier access to the CBD.
Standing at the end of Kirkwood Rd this morning, NSW Roads and Ports minister Duncan Gay said he had consulted heavily with the community after having Tweed MP Geoff Provest "camped outside the office" campaigning for the infrastructure on their behalf.
"During the consultation phase for the Banora Point Pacific Highway Upgrade the community clearly asked for a connection to Kirkwood Rd from the highway to be built as a priority," Mr Gay said.
"Kirkwood Rd is a vital link and has long been an important issue for this community, which is why we have provided the $6.5 million to Tweed Shire Council to get started on work.
"Isn't it pleasant to be in an area when the local government have plans in place for the future?"
Mr Provest said he was thrilled to have the minister's support.
"There's a fresh breeze blowing, producing positive outcomes for our area," Mr Provest said.
"Duncan's a very hands-on operator, he understands the issue.
"NSW is a large state and everyone wants a new road or a new port so it's great to have him here."
Tweed Shire Council mayor Barry Longland said the funding was needed to 'fill the gap' in the stage-1 planning.
"This has been in our planning for a long time, we have a lot of growth pressure in our shire and this announcement means we can start building to meet that need," he said.
Mr Gay also announced more than $40,000 for boating infrastructure in the Tweed including a Lakes Dr pontoon replacement at Tweed Heads and the refurbishment of the Tweed Marine Industry Association slipway at Terranora Tce.
The first stage of the Kirkwood Rd interchange could be completed as early as mid-2013.