Ferry Lane tree planting

1 June 2013

Ferry Lane tree planting to remember local war heroes

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) today helped remember local World War One heroes by planting trees on Ferry Lane as part of the Kempsey bypass Pacific Highway upgrade.

“Signs have also been installed and will be unveiled today detailing a list of local servicemen, information on the war and a photo of the original Ferry Lane,” an RMS spokesperson said.

“RMS wants to pay tribute to the local servicemen as part of the upgrade, with Kempsey Council and the RSL sub branch.

“This will not only help locals remember their war heroes but will also direct and encourage tourists to stop and learn more about the Kempsey area and its history.

“In July 1919 the local community planted a memorial avenue of Camphor Laurel trees on Ferry Lane at East Frederickton to commemorate local men who enlisted and served in World War One.

“The planting formed an avenue of trees on the southern approach to the Frederickton ferry across the Macleay River and continued from the crossing along the existing highway to the war memorial.

“Planting these trees today adds to the established avenue of trees and is a symbolic sign of respect on behalf of the NSW and Australian governments,” the spokesperson said. 

The $618 million Kempsey bypass project involved building a 14.5 kilometre four lane divided road bypassing Kempsey and Frederickton, including a 3.2 kilometre long bridge.

The bypass is the first stage of the approved 40 kilometre Kempsey to Eungai Pacific Highway upgrade. The upgrade was opened to traffic on Wednesday 27 March.

RMS formed an alliance with Leighton Contractors, AECOM and Coffey Geotechnics to design and build the Kempsey bypass. RMS awarded a separate contract to Abigroup to build the Macleay River and Floodplain Bridge.

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