Road and rail
LOOKING BACK: April, 2000
A $1.6 MILLION bulldozer lifted the first sod of soil halfway between Pottsville and Mooball, officially starting the construction of the Yelgun-chinderah Motorway in April 2000.
At the official sod-turning ceremony were Tweed Mayor Lynne Beck, Richmond MP Larry Anthony, NSW Minister for Transport Carl Scully, Tweed MP Neville Newell and John Cassidy, chief executive officer of design, construction and maintenance contractors.
Comments from those present at the ceremony to begin construction on the divided highway between Chinderah and Yelgun included that the motorway, when built, would have a positive impact on road safety and would bring the local district closer to Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
NSW Transport Minister Carl Scully said the motorway construction was the “single biggest country road project in Australia,” would directly create 250 jobs and was due for completion in mid-2002.
Tweed Mayor Lynne Beck said those in Murwillumbah, which would be bypassed by the new road, need not worry about the economic impact because it already had to attract traffic off the current highway and experience showed that towns bypassed by new roads “often came up much better”.
PROGRESS: The construction of the Yelgun-chinderah Motorway started in April 2000.