Wind farm smoothes the way

SAFER: Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s works director Phil Newham, Gullen Range wind farm’s asset manager Tom Frood and council general manager John Bell on Range Road.

SAFER: Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s works director Phil Newham, Gullen Range wind farm’s asset manager Tom Frood and council general manager John Bell on Range Road.

GULLEN Range Wind Farm (GRWF) and Upper Lachlan Shire Council (ULSC) have been working on a combined project to repair and improve local roads used to access the wind farm during its construction.

Having invested a total of $6 million in local road improvements, this final instalment of funding from the wind farm comes as the project’s construction draws to a close and the number of traffic movements is reduced.

The reconstruction works on Range Road have been completed by council works staff and have included reconstruction and heavy patching of sections of Range Road, Bannister Lane and Storriers Lane.

“Gullen Range are pleased to see the Range Road work nearing completion,” GRWF asset manager Tom Frood said.

“This is the last of a number of road upgrades and remediation in the area with a total of $6 million spent by Gullen Range Wind Farm on the local road network.

We expect that these works will provide improved road conditions for the community. ”

Over 9km of Range Road has been repaired, using a combination of complete reconstruction, patching, full-width patching, shoulder repairs and resealing.

The existing sealed section on Bannister Lane has been repaired and resealed.

The site access from Range Road into Bannister South section of the wind farm has benefited from drainage improvement and sealing work. 

The Kialla Road and Range Road intersection has also been realigned.

The repair work was completed in conjunction with the removal and replacement of a number of low-level causeways, which have been an ongoing concern for road users and have been replaced with culverts.

The result of this work is a better experience for road users on Kialla Road, Range Road and Bannister Lane.

Council general manager John Bell said the work had been fast tracked by 10 years with the investment from GRWF.

“This project has achieved substantial benefits for the community with regard to road safety and improvements to the local road network.” 

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