In 2013, Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis committed $2 million to seal part of Turpentine Road, listing it as a project for the Gilmore Roads Safety Package.
In addition, Mrs Sudmalis worked with Shoalhaven City Council’s previous Mayor Jo Gash and staff to identify black spots and allocate Roads to Recovery funds to complete the project.
The work attracted $1.59 million from the Federal Black Spot Programme, and $3.016 million from the Federal Roads to Recovery Programme.
“Good quality roads are vital in making sure people are able to travel in safety, which is why the Federal Government contributed the entire $6.6 million budget for the project.”
The work was done in two stages, 4km beginning at Flat Rock Creek Bridge toward the Princes Highway was finished in April, then another 4km of road upgrade from Flat Rock Creek Bridge to Braidwood Road, which was completed in recent weeks.
The work included building a seven metre wide sealed road with 1.5m sealed shoulders, clearing trees and vegetation to five metres from the edge line, relocating hollow bearing trees, realigning 500m to provide horizontal safety improvements and drainage works.
Mrs Sudmalis said the Federal Government remained committed to ensuring people were able to travel safely on Gilmore’s roads, including good quality connections with other regions including the ACT.
“Our whole region benefits when we are able to make it easier for tourists to visit and trucks carrying freight to reach our towns and villages.” Media Release