Formal opening at Coppabella Road (new bridge site), commencing 10:00am Thursday, 3 June 2021.
Greater Hume Council will formally open the Coppabella 7.7km Reconstruction Project at 10:00am on Thursday, 3 June 2021.
The event will be attended by NSW Minister for Regional Roads and Transport, the Hon. Paul Toole, Member for Albury, Justin Clancy MP, industry stakeholders, Greater Hume Council councillors and staff, as well as representatives of contractor Hutchison Civil and the Softwoods Working Group.
Greater Hume Council is delighted that the reconstruction of the 7.7 kilometre section of Coppabella Road (Short Cut Road to Maginnitys Gap Road) has been completed and softwood logging industry and locals are now benefitting from a much safer road with a sealed, widened and realigned road including a new single span concrete bridge.
“This vital reconstruction project means that the entire length of the softwood logging area on Coppabella Road is now sealed and trafficable by logging vehicles and local traffic in all weather conditions which will deliver major economic benefits to the region through reduced truck operating costs and haulage times and improved safety for all road users,” said Cr Wilton.
The Coppabella Reconstruction Project is part of an overall South West Slopes Timber Industry Road Network Project that received $20.35million to improve forestry roads in the greater South West Slopes area funded under the $500million Growing Local Economies (GLE) Fund. The project funding included $7million for Coppabella Road Project in Greater Hume Council area, $9,649,920 in Snowy Valleys Council, and $3,700,080 in Cootamundra-Gundagai Council for similar projects.
The $500million Growing Local Economies fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the economic growth and productivity of the state under Restart NSW.
Whilst Greater Hume along with the other councils were the recipients of the funding to undertake the work, it was the Softwoods Working Group especially Chair Peter Crowe, Phil Clements and Diana Gibbs, that contributed greatly to the success of the funding submission.
Softwoods Working Group Chair Peter Crowe said “that the Coppabella Road Reconstruction project submission was the most complex SWG has ever completed. We talked at all levels of NSW Government for nearly four years to get the final submission approved. We gained the strong support of the Deputy Premier and Forestry Minister John Barilaro and local MPs Justin Clancy, Joe McGirr and Steph Cooke backed us up. The collaboration with Council staff was fantastic. It shows SWG’s teamwork at its best”, Mr. Crowe said.
Coppabella Road Reconstruction Project map(PDF, 429KB) .