The Australian Government is investing $100 million to fund 164 bridges to deliver much-needed economic and safety benefits to communities around Australia under Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
The Coalition's new Bridges Renewal Programme is proving very popular, with Round Two seeing a significant increase in the number and quality of applications from local governments.
Only councils were eligible to apply for this round and 270 applications seeking around $220 million in Australian Government funding were received, with 141 being successful. Acting Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss reported:
“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia's local bridges to better serve communities and give councils the support they need to drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement,” Mr Truss said.
“We understand that local government has responsibility for thousands of local bridges, many of which are in a poor state of repair. Some councils face critical bridge issues beyond their capacity to address.
“By upgrading these bridges, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will also be able to pass more safely along quicker routes, improving their productivity.
“It's a win-win situation. That's why the Coalition Government identified local bridge upgrades and repairs as a national priority and has committed a total of $300 million in funding over five years from 2014–15.
“The Australian Government's financial commitment of $100 million in this round of the programme will be matched by local councils and/or State governments, delivering a total investment of at least $200 million towards upgrading bridges.
“This funding is in addition to the Australian Government's $111 million committed under Round One of the Programme.”
More on the Bridges Renewal Programme, including a full list of successful Round Two projects and details on the application process, is available online at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.
164 BRIDGES TO BE REPLACED UNDER ROUND TWO
Local Government is responsible for thousands of local bridges, many of which are in a poor state of repair, and this latest funding will play a critical role in maintaining and developing reliable road access. Details concerning successful Round Two projects are available on the links below.
- New South Wales PDF: 100 KB
- Victoria PDF: 82 KB
- Queensland PDF: 95 KB
- South Australia PDF: 81 KB
- Western Australia PDF: 78 KB
- Tasmania PDF: 80 KB
- Northern Territory PDF: 71 KB
- Australian Capital Territory PDF: 73 KB
Some Councils put in for multiple bridges in their electorate and Mr Truss highlighted some of these projects in his media statements today.
- $1.731 million to replace the existing Romiaka Channel Bridge with a two lane concrete structure with a footpath—with matched funding from Clarence Valley Council
- $1.973 million to replace six single lane timber bridges on Gradys Creek and Lions Road at Kyogle with two lane bridges—with matched funding from Kyogle Council
- $228,600 to replace the single lane Barretts Bridge at Old Bonalba with a new single lane concrete and steel bridge—with matched funding from Kyogle Council, and
- $65,000 to replace the two lane Jacks Bridge at Ramornie with a concrete pipe culvert—with matched funding from Clarence Valley Council
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPLIERS AND CONTRACTORS
To have a look where projects are starting near you, take a closer look at your state's infrastructure timeline.
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