The completion of a $4.7 million project in Lake Macquarie has been hailed as another step forward in the city’s growth.
The 820-metre extension of Munibung Road is now open, significantly improving connectivity around Lake Macquarie’s northern suburbs.
“This is a regionally significant infrastructure project that will unlock business investment, commercial development and housing opportunities, and it was vital this work continued despite COVID-19,” Mayor Kay Fraser said.
“It has taken a significant amount of work to deliver this project and we acknowledge the Australian Government’s patience and the support of the NSW Government to gain access to the site, allowing the project to proceed.
“I look forward to when things return to normal, and our residents can use this extension to have faster, easier access through northern Lake Macquarie.”
The project included 820 metres of new road, footpath and street lighting; 66 trees and associated landscaping; a 14-metre road width with cycle-safe lane; and generated 28 construction jobs and 41 long-term jobs.
Lake Macquarie City Council’s Chief Executive, Morven Cameron, said ensuring infrastructure projects like the construction of Munibung Road continued through the COVID-19 pandemic was essential to the city’s economy.
“I am pleased council and Daracon were able to continue with the design and delivery of this project, on schedule and on budget, considering the extenuating circumstances of COVID-19 towards the end of the project,” Ms Cameron said.
“Infrastructure projects such as this help our city continue to move forward, while providing both short-term and long-term jobs at this uncertain time for many people in our community.”
The project was jointly funded by the Federal Government through its Building Better Regions Fund and Lake Macquarie City Council.