Bridges Renewal projects gets go ahead

17 Feb 2015

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.


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