16.1 C
Byron Shire
April 16, 2021

Key Kyogle bridge reopened

Latest News

Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

Other News

Councillors move to create alternative housing market

Byron Council is aiming to make 10 per cent of local housing genuinely affordable within the space of a decade, under a brave and ambitious plan to implement a Community Land Trust (CLT) model across the Shire.  

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The New Resilience

Resilience is dead. The word has been overused. Some may say the word is no longer resilient. We broke it. It’s unfortunate because it was a really good word.

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

Francis Cloake in running for National Portrait Prize

Byron Bay's Francis Cloake is one of two Northern Rivers photographers named as a finalist in the prestigious Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Building bridges. L to R: Kyogle mayor Dannielle Mulholland, Page MP Kevin Hogan, Kyogle councillors Maggie Creedy and Lindsay Passfiled on the newly reopened Minneys Bridge.
Building bridges. L to R: Kyogle mayor Dannielle Mulholland, Page MP Kevin Hogan, Kyogle councillors Maggie Creedy and Lindsay Passfiled on the newly reopened Minneys Bridge.

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Nationals) joined with Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland yesterday to open the upgraded Minneys Bridge in Kyogle, which had been closed to traffic for two years.

Mr Hogan said the reopening was ‘a great outcome for the community’.

‘It is wonderful to see this bridge operating once again. I was determined to make sure the Kyogle community got this vital bridge replaced and today I am happy to announce that has been achieved,’ Mr Hogan said.

Despite having the largest number of bridges of any shire in NSW, Kyogle missed out completely on funding from the Coalitions in augural Bridges for the Bush round in 2014.

But following Mr Hogan’s intervention with infrastructure and regional development minister Warren Truss, the federal government found funding of $220,000 to replace the bridge.

‘Since the bridge’s closure in February 2014, the community has been using a riverbed detour, which is inadequate for emergency services and for our local beef and primary producers,’ Mr Hogan said.

‘The new bridge will improve access for the wider community, as well as emergency vehicles and our primary producers who account for about 24 per cent of traffic on this section of the Clarence Way.’

‘I would also like to thank [Kyogle] mayor Mullholland and staff for working with me on this. It shows that when we are united as a community, we can ensure our voice is heard in Canberra,’ he said.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.