FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce today welcome’s the much-needed upgrade to local bridges under the Australian Government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.
The Abbott/Truss Government is committing $28.5 million – matched by proponents – to 29 projects across New South Wales as part of Round One of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
“The injection of $1.575 million to upgrade our local bridges will make using them safer and more reliable, while also being a huge stimulus for freight providing major benefits for the community and the region,” Mr Joyce said.
Local bridges approved for upgrade in the New England region are listed below:
Tenterfield Shire Council, Bookookoorara Creek Bridge, Mount Lindesay Road $350,000 Tamworth Regional Council, Catong Gully Bridge on Lower Somerton Road $170,000 Uralla Shire Council, Abington Creek Bridge $705,000
Glen Innes Severn Shire Council, Severn River Bridge on Nine Mile Road $350,000
“In particular, our programme will improve road access for local traffic and increase efficiency on local roads, which will be a relief to all.” Mr Joyce said.
“The New England electorate is a vibrant region and our Government is investing in its continued growth.
“Councils will play a significant role in managing these projects, ensuring these bridges can continue to contribute to productivity and community access.”
“Today, the Australian Government has committed $28.5 million under Round One of the programme, with a total commitment of $300 million over five years from 2014-15 for the entire programme,” Mr Joyce said.