17 Apr 2014 - Elizabeth Fowler
The first of several hundred truck-loads of windfarm
components bound for Nimmitabel have taken to forest roads following a $1.8
million upgrade to Imlay and Edrom Roads completed by Forestry Corporation of
NSW over summer.
Regional Manager Daniel Tuan said the windfarm developers
Downer Group contributed to the upgrade of more than 74 kilometres of road and
construction of a dual lane concrete bridge to replace an ageing causeway over
"Forest roads in and around Eden are vital community links used
by locals, tourists and industry," Mr Tuan said.
"Forestry Corporation invests around $750,000 a year in
maintaining Imlay and Edrom Roads, with contributions from local industry
including South East Fibre Exports and VicForests.
"Over the coming months significant shipments of wind farm
components will be transported from Eden port to Nimmitabel via the forest road
network, so Downer Group contributed towards a $1.8 million upgrade to prepare
for the additional truck movements.
"This is the single biggest boost to investment in local
forest roads we've seen and it will benefit all road users, with the $700,000 new
dual lane concrete bridge also improving safety for drivers crossing the Bondi
"Around 13 Forestry Corporation staff and
casuals worked throughout the summer to minimise disruption to road users
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