Earth moving optimism with Pacific Highway upgrade

VALLEY Earthworks part owner Mark Mitchell is looking forward to getting all 40 of his machines active when construction begins on the Clarence Valley section of the Pacific Highway.

"Valley Earthworks currently employs 25 people," Mr Mitchell said.

"We've got approximately 40 machines that we hire out. As we pick up business we will need to get all of it operational."

Valley Earthworks already has contracts to many sections of the Pacific Highway, including Byron Bay, Kempsey to Kundabung, and Halfway Creek to Glenugie.

Mr Mitchell said their work ranged from road works to national parks and projects for Essential Energy. He said he believed the majority of the work would be skilled work.

"However, there will be labouring and traffic control jobs."

Mr Mitchell said one of the true economic benefits was the flow0on effect to other industries.

He also owns the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort and Angourie Rainforest Resort.

"At Angourie Rainforest Resort we have seen a steady pick-up in business related to the highway," Mr Mitchell said.

"The Blue Dolphin has also had bookings from people doing pre drilling and other works."

He said he believed after the upgrade was complete there would be another layer of work because the money circulating would create further business opportunities and developments.

"There is all this anticipation about where they will house everyone," he said.

"There are a many towns in the area that will cater to long term workers."

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