Council has secured a $3,359,880 grant to seal Kildare Road (Tenterfield Tourist Route 9) through the NSW Government Fixing Local Roads program The program aims to help regional and rural councils carry out vital repair work and reduce the maintenance backlog for local roads.
The project includes a double bitumen seal and upgrades to surface drainage and culverts on 12.5 kilomteres of gravel road, The works will commence within 6 months and be completed within two years.
"This is a tremendous outcome and comes as a result of much lobbying over many years," Mayor Peter Petty said.
"This is a very busy road, used by visitors and locals alike to take in the unique and rugged scenery offered by this small section of our shire.
"Tenterfield is so lucky to have this natural delight right on our doorstep. Making this road safer and more accessible for all can only be a bonus."
State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin welcomed the announcement.
"I drove this popular tourist drive with Tenterfield Shire Mayor Cr Peter Petty and key council staff last week, taking in sheep grazing country, granite outcrops and scenic views along the 12.5 kilometre gravel section which is set for a major upgrade," she said.
"We stopped at Wallangarra Lookout, Draining Rock and The Doctors Nose, and I'm sure that once sealed, many more travellers will experience the natural beauty of the once much larger Tenterfield Station
"This shovel-ready project, funded under the Fixing Local Roads Program Round 2, builds on council's world-class tourism promotion campaign, Tenterfield True, and will create more jobs during construction."