Agribusiness boost from new Bridge

An important agribusiness precinct in the Armidale region has been boosted by a new bridge officially opened on Castledoyle Road today.

Industry leaders joined Council representatives and the Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, to celebrate the opening of the Shingle Hut Creek Bridge, which was funded through a $984,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme Extension.

The $700,000 Council project replaced an aging timber bridge with a wider concrete structure to improve traffic safety and remove the need for a weight limit on the creek crossing, assisting vehicle access to major agribusiness in the Castle Doyle area.

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Ian Tiley said Castle Doyle precinct is important for agribusiness in the region, including a major strawberry plant nursery and medicinal cannabis production.

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