Federal Funds of $20 Million For Northern Rivers


More than $20 million in federal funding is set to kick start a range of projects on the North Coast.

Plans for a permanent seawall at Kingscliff seem likely to go ahead after the Federal Government committed almost $10 million to the local foreshore project.

The money, from the National Stronger Regions Fund, will cover almost half the project’s total cost.

The Tweed Council’s Jane Lofthouse said the seawall would be designed to protect the CBD and public land from erosion.

“It is one of our highest-risk areas, it’s in our immediate hazard zone,” she said.

“So we need to do some works to actually protect the foreshore and then we’ll be able to renew the holiday park along that foreshore.

“We’ll actually be able to reduce the holiday park and create a central park, so we’re going to create a great central hub right on the foreshore at Kingscliff.”

Further south, the New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative will get $4.1 million to help build an $8 million storage facility at Harwood.

Board member Ian Causley said Harwood now the only fully Australian-owned sugar mill in the nation.

Mr Causley said the facility would provide benefits for 2000 people in the Lower Clarence who are either directly or indirectly employed by the mill.

Meanwhile, an upgrade of Casino’s sale yard has been lauded as a benefit for the whole Northern Rivers.

After missing out on Federal funding last year, the project was yesterday awarded $3.5 million under the Stronger Regions Fund.

Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said it would increase the capacity of the sale yards by 40%.

“That whole capacity flows through into the abattoir, into the tannery, and all those areas,” he said.

“So it has the potential to create up to 220 jobs.

“So very important in our region, not just Richmond Valley but for the region.

“This is probably the most regional project in the lot.”

In Lismore, Mayor Jenny Dowell said donors would have to step up to help make the dream of a new regional gallery a reality.

The council yesterday secured $2.85 million dollars for the facility as part of the Lismore Quadrangle development.

The project is council approved and ready to build.

But Cr Dowell said money would now need to flow from those who pledged to help.

“Our Friends of the Gallery, we need them to honour their pledges because a lot of this money, the matching grants which are necessary, are coming from the community,” she said.

“We’ve had one donor who has pledged $500,000 and we’ve got many other donors who have pledged smaller amounts.

“We now need that money to roll in.”

Source: ABC News

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