Gutchy Creek Bridge opens

Media Release

DC218/2016

09 December 2016

Joint release with:

Chris Loft

Mayor Fraser Coast Regional Council

Llew O'Brien

Federal Member for Wide Bay

  • New two lane bridge opens in Gundiah on the Fraser Coast, saving time for drivers and improving public safety
  • New bridge to accommodate heavy vehicles of up to 40 tonnes

A $1.14 million investment by the Australian Government in a new bridge over Gutchy Creek at Gundiah has improved efficiency and safety for local residents, businesses and industries.

The funding has helped replace the ageing Gutchy Creek bridge with a new two-lane concrete structure as part of round two of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project replaced a one-lane, 10 tonne limit timber bridge with a two-lane, 40 tonne limit concrete bridge.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to give Councils the help they need to upgrade or replace ageing bridges to support local economies, jobs and lifestyles. The new Gutchy Creek Bridge will make a huge difference to the local community and wider region by giving heavy vehicles a more efficient route, saving time and money,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien today joined Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Chris Loft for the official opening of the Gutchy Creek Bridge.

“Not only will the new bridge support freight and transport of goods throughout the Fraser Coast, but it also provides a much needed safety upgrade for an aging piece of critical infrastructure,” Mr O'Brien said.

“The new bridge will help to ensure Gundiah remains connected during times of flood and completely change the way heavy vehicles operate in the area by saving them a 78 kilometre detour and around $1,200 per load. It will also enable the movement of emergency service vehicles in the area, avoiding long diversions when time is critical.”

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Chris Loft said improving the wellbeing of school students was a high priority, and the new bridge would provide safer passage to and from the local school.

“It is also a major route for farmers to move their produce as well as a vital tourism link between the Fraser Coast and the Burnett and Darling Downs,” Cr Loft said.

The Gutchy Creek Bridge is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $1.143 million under the Bridges Renewal Programme and matched funding from the Fraser Coast Council.