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Key South Coast highway reopens to accommodate bushfire supplies

A stretch of highway important for supply chains and the bushfire recovery effort has been reopened on Kings Highway after firefighters and work crews have worked tirelessly to clear the way for freight movements, returning tourists and motorists cut off from their homes.

The bushfire affected 43 kilometre section of highway had been shut between Braidwood and North Bateman's Bay since Monday 6 January.

An estimated 70 workers have helped restore connections for communities impacted by the bushfires on what has been described as an essential route in and out of the South Coast.

Part of the recovery is to facilitate the return of visitors and Canberra-based holidaymakers to help local businesses starved of trading since fires in the area first spread over the New Year break.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole had said the fires had caused substantial damage and losses to local communities. 

“Re-opening these roads is critical to supporting recovery efforts and movement of supplies into the region – as well as supporting the return of visitors to the area," he said.

Meanwhile, number of fires are still burning on the South Coast and motorists should be prepared for conditions to change quickly the NSW Government said in a public statement.

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