Lions Road

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The Lions Road is a section of the road running between the Summerland Way in New South Wales and the Mount Lindesay Highway near Rathdowney, Queensland at Running Creek. It joins two pre-existing sections of rural road, namely Gradys Creek Road in New South Wales and Running Creek Road in Queensland. It was so named as most of the funding, planning and voluntary labour for the road came from the Kyogle branch of the Lions Club. Kyogle resident Jack Hurley was one of the most prominent advocates of the road. Despite the NSW Government rejecting the idea in 1969, it was opened the following year.[1]

It connects these two roads over the Richmond Gap in the McPherson Range. For a good deal of its length it is a narrow one-laned road that cannot be used by trucks or cars towing caravans or trailers. It was only recently that the road was fully sealed with bitumen. Several of the bridges are of wooden construction that can only support low vehicular weights.

In 2017, Kyogle Council started a major upgrade program where all but two of the narrow timber bridges were replaced by modern concrete bridges. The remaining timber bridges do not have the weight limitations required, and will be replaced at the end of their natural life. The road was fully reopened in May 2018 following extended delays and closures.

The road runs through the Border Ranges National Park and it is altogether a scenic drive.[1] The road also parallels the main Brisbane-Sydney railway line, including near a feature of the train line known as the Cougal Spiral (or Border Loop). It passes adjcent to a small section of the Mount Chinghee National Park.

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  1. ^ a b Justine Frazier (15 June 2007). "Kyogle icon dies aged 90". ABC North Coast NSW. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2009-11-04.

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