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Flood recovery projects completed in Ballina and Lismore

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Residents and visitors have had safe road access restored after the NSW Government completed more than $85,000 in flood repairs on two Crown roads in the Ballina and Lismore regions.

Minister for the North Coast Rose Jackson said, ‘Residents on the North Coast have suffered immensely over the past 12 months because of flooding so these are the sorts of community projects that are small in stature but big on impact.’

Crown Lands invested $60,000 to repair a damaged road and bridge abutment at Coopers Lane West at Main Arm, near Mullumbimby, which were heavily damaged during last year’s floods, restricting vehicle access.

Flooding eroded the road, blocked and damaged drains, and scoured the bridge abutment. Repairs included fixing the road, cleaning out and repairing drains, and reinstating the bridge abutment with rock fill and geotextile fabric.

More than $25,000 has also been invested to repair a flood damaged section of Cawongla Road at Larnook, in the Lismore area.

Road repairs at Cawongla Road at Larnook. Photo supplied.

Work included filling a gully caused by flooding which made driving conditions unsafe, constructing a new vehicle crossing, cutting approach ramps and batters along the creek, and importing rock to construct a basin to control water flow and protect against erosion.

These projects are part of ongoing work Crown Lands is undertaking across NSW in response to the 2022 February flood event.

Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said, ‘Crown roads provide important access links for many regional areas so repairing these roads will deliver immediate benefits for residents and visitors.’

Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said, ‘As we continue our long recovery, projects like these are critical in moving the dial and helping our communities get back to normal life.’

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