The project team aims to understand community values, issues and concerns with the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade project. That is why we get the community involved and ask for their input.
Updated design, Tyndale to Harwood
Roads and Maritime Services is preparing for the building of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.
As part of this work, design has progressed on the Tyndale to Maclean and Maclean to Harwood sections of the upgrade, including:
- Tyndale to Maclean
- Maclean interchange
- Yamba and Harwood (Watts Lane) interchange options.
You can view the design updates on the Tyndale to Iluka Road visualisation.
What has changed?
Tyndale to Maclean
About two kilometres of the upgrade has been slightly realigned to the east across the northern portion of the Shark Creek basin. A 865 metre single form bridge now crosses over Shark Creek.
Upgrades to Lees Drain floodgates are also proposed, to achieve improvement to flood inundation times and drainage efficiency.
Changes to the Maclean Interchange design layout include:
- Moving the western roundabout about 70 metres north out of deeper soft soils and the main flood water flow path near Ferry Park
- Connecting the western roundabout to Jubilee Street (on the east) by a shared user path under the new highway
- Upgrades to the floodgates at Edwards Creek.
Yamba and Harwood interchange options
Alternative designs for the Yamba and Harwood (Watts Lane) interchanges.
Option B and B2
- Option B and B2 - Alternative Yamba Road interchange
- Option B Harwood interchange
- Option B2 Harwood interchange
Consultation with Aboriginal communities
The project traverses six Local Aboriginal Land Council areas, as well as areas of interest to local Aboriginal and Elder groups and Native Title claimants. Consultation is continuing with Aboriginal individuals and stakeholder groups throughout the project with the aim of identifying Aboriginal archaeological artefacts, cultural sites and areas of archaeological potential or sensitivity along the proposed route.
As part of the early works, two experienced heritage consultant teams are undertaking salvaging of Aboriginal heritage sites along the highway.
The excavation is being carried out under the supervision of an experienced and qualified historical archaeologists and material will be stored in consultation with the Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Further information about salvage requirements are outlined in the cultural heritage assessment report and the Submissions/preferred infrastructure report.
Involving the community and stakeholders
We involve the community in the process to:
- Help the residents and stakeholders become aware of the project and the need for the upgrade
- Include residents and stakeholders' issues in each investigation phase, from developing route options to refining the preferred option, concept and environmental assessment
- Communicate the outcomes of investigations
- Tell residents and stakeholders about the next steps.