Surface crucial: Blundell

DESPITE working from the opposite side of the border, the Southern Downs Regional Council is involved in the campaign to upgrade the Legume to Woodenbong section of the Mt Lindesay Rd.

Mayor Peter Blundell said the council was working with other local governments from both sides of the border.

"As part of the Downs to Rivers Action Committee, we are working closely with groups like the Tenterfield Shire Council and New South Wales government to work out how to improve the road," Cr Blundell said.

He said because many Southern Downs residents used the road, improving it was an important issue for the council and an upgrade would greatly benefit the region.

"It is an important link for our businesses, industries and the travelling public," he said.

"If you look at it in terms of our connection with northern NSW, without it you would either have to go north to the Gold Coast or south through Ballina.

"While the road is serviceable and trafficable, it is not a pleasant thoroughfare in its current condition.

"It would be great to have a much better link through that way for so many reasons."



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