With stimulus packages from both state and federal governments for infrastructure projects in the wind Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson is calling for funding work on the Cumbalum Interchange project and an to increase the Blackspot funding for Ross Lane, Lennox Head.
‘The Cumbalum Interchange was only half completed as part of the Pacific Highway Ballina Bypass Project. This was either an oversight or a cost cutting measure given that the Cumbalum area is the major residential growth corridor for the Northern Rivers,’ said Cr Johnson.
‘The NSW government as part of its North Coast Regional Strategy insisted that the land on the eastern side of the highway from the Cumbalum Interchange all the way up to Ross Lane at Tintenbar (now called Kinvara) be rezoned from rural to residential allotments. This designated urban expansion area will have an eventual yield of more than 3,500 homes plus a commercial precinct, large open space areas and schools.
‘With the likelihood that there will be additional significant State and Federal government stimulus measures provided to local Councils this project should be one of the priorities in terms of road funding initiatives,’ he said.
The floodway on Ross Lane, Lennox Head was another area identified for necessary work as it floods after a few days of heavy rain.
‘With the rapid increase in the population of Lennox Head and Cumbalum, as well as Ross Lane being a key Highway Detour route when the freeway is closed, it’s important that this regional connector road remains open. With the Cumbalum, CURA A and CURA B urban expansion areas being developed as well as significant new developments in Lennox Head, including over 600 new homes and a new commercial precinct, the importance of keeping Ross Lane open to traffic only increases.’