The New England could soon benefit from better bridges and freight roads with applications now open for Round 5 of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).
Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said Local Councils and State and Territory Governments were encouraged to apply for their share of $300 million of funding under the two programs.
“Efficient freight networks are critical to the national economy and this funding forms part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s commitment to keeping heavy vehicle drivers safe and improving our road network,” Mr Joyce said.
“Under these programs, proponents have the opportunity to seek funding of up to 50 per cent of project costs for up to five projects.
“We are already delivering many projects around the New England under these programs including our $4.53 million investment toward a new five-way roundabout on the Oxley Highway near Tamworth Regional Airport, $5.5 million for the now complete Merriwa to Willow Tree Road upgrade and $5.7 million for 12 new bridges right around the electorate.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said communities affected by the recent bushfires would be assessed as a priority.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult start to the year for so many of our regional communities, particularly those suffering from drought and bushfires,” Mr McCormack said.
“Many bridges and roads were damaged in the fires which is why we will continue to work closely with Local Councils and State and Territory Governments to prioritise and fast-track projects which can be delivered quickly.
“No matter where you live, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is investing in our road infrastructure to help Australians reach their destinations sooner and safer.”
The Federal Government is providing $640 million to the Bridges Renewal Program from 2015-16 to 2022-23, with an on-going commitment of $85 million each year following and $508 million to the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) from 2013-14 to 2022-23 financial year.
For application forms and details about the programs visit: