The Liberal and Nationals’ Government will invest $1.4 million in building safer, upgraded bridges in the Narrabri Shire, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced.
Mr Coulton said he is thrilled that steel-reinforced, concrete bridges will be built at Horsearm Creek and Spring Creek as a result of the funding.
“Making sure we have strong and safe bridges is just another part of our plan to invest in roads infrastructure in the Parkes electorate,” Mr Coulton said.
“Both Horsearm Creek Bridge and Spring Creek Bridge are vital thoroughfares for farmers, contractors and local residents.
“Replacing old timber bridges with improved concrete bridges helps to ensure motorists can get home sooner and safer, and supports the growth of our local industries.
“I am pleased that Narrabri Shire Council has received $1.4 million in funding under this round and I look forward to seeing these new bridges make a positive difference for those travelling in the shire.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberals and Nationals in Government are committing $640 million for vital bridgeworks between 2015–16 to 2022–23, with an ongoing commitment of $85 million each year following.
“The Bridges Renewal Program provides up to 50 per cent of the cost of repairing or replacing old and unsafe local bridges, which is a fantastic win for local communities,” Mr McCormack said.
“Under Round 4, the Government has committed $57 million to help fund vital local bridgeworks following the completion of an open, merit-based selection process.”
Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Cathy Redding has welcomed the funding from the Coalition Government.
“These timber bridges are severely outdated and are not fit for the growing needs of our community,” Cr Redding said.
“Updating these timber bridges will enhance safety and access for the local community, and will allow for heavy vehicles to freely move from farm to market.”
The total project cost for the Horsearm Creek Bridge and Spring Creek Bridge replacements are $1,405,800 and $1,417,900 respectively.
Under Round 4 of the program, the Government will contribute up to a maximum of $700,000 for one bridge or $1.4 million for two bridges in the same local government area.
A full list of successful projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges
Photo Caption (L-R): Stewart Todd (Narrabri Shire Council General Manager), Robert Kneale (Deputy Mayor), Cathy Redding (Mayor), Mark Coulton (Member for Parkes) and Ron Campbell (Councillor) at Horsearm Bridge in Narrabri.