Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Programme now open

Media Release

DC059/2017

16 March 2017

The Coalition is getting on with the job of building better bridges throughout the nation, with funding now up for grabs under the third round of a specialised funding program which keeps communities connected and regional industries profitable.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Round Three of the $360 million Bridges Renewal Programme would accept submissions from state, territory and local governments from tomorrow (Friday 17 March 2017).

“From coast to coast, communities are getting the bridges they deserve with the help of this programme. It has been a resounding success since it started in 2014–15, with $211 million invested in 204 projects across the nation under the first two rounds,” Mr Chester said.

“By working together with governments at all levels—particularly local Councils which often need a hand to get big-ticket projects underway—we are upgrading and repairing bridges in all corners of the country.

“Better bridges enhance safety and access for local communities, and keep local businesses and the road freight sector powering on—delivering dollars into the pockets of local businesses and supporting local jobs.

“Successful applicants can receive up to 50 per cent of the cost associated with fixing their ageing bridges, with submissions going through a competitive merit-based selection process.

“State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to $5 million in Australian Government funding per project.”

Mr Chester said proponents should discuss priorities with their local communities, industry stakeholders, Regional Development Australia committees and relevant government road agencies early in the process of compiling their proposals.

Round Three is open for applications until 15 May 2017. Guidelines and proposal forms are now available on the Bridges Renewal Programme website at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges