Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Booyong Bridge Officially Opens

Media Release

MM184/2018

09 October 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Melinda Pavey MP

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
State Member for Oxley

Simon Richardson

Mayor
Byron Shire Council

Senator John Williams

Senator for New South Wales

The Hon Ben Franklin MLC

Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Northern New South Wales

Booyong Bridge was officially opened today, the first of five new bridges being built as part of the Bangalow Bridges Replacement project.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals' Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new bridges would play an important role in the regional economy.

“Around Australia the Liberal and Nationals' Government is investing in regional roads to ensure people can get home sooner and safer, as well as boositing productivity and creating local jobs,” Mr McCormack said.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the replacement of five rural bridges over eight months was a major undertaking and would provide great benefits for residents.

“The Byron community will benefit from improved frieght movements and residents will be able to have large loads of water transported in dry periods, a direct result of our investment that has delivered new bridges that will have load limits of 44 tonnes,” Mrs Pavey said.

Nationals' Senator John Williams said the bridge will provide a boost to local farmers.

“This bridge connects Booyong's agricultural industries to local, state and international markets, including the Booyong meat processing plant, macadamia, beef and dairy farms,” Senator Williams said.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said the investment thanks to the Bangalow Bridges Project is helping deliver the infrastructure the region needs.

“Ours is a very special part of the world and I am proud to be part of a Government which is delivering the investment in our bridges and local communities which we deserve,” Mr Franklin said.

Byron Shire Council Mayor Simon Richardson said all the bridges were expected to be open by the end of this year and thanked the community for its patience over this time.

“I know residents and businesses will be beside Council staff and contractors cheering and celebrating on the day all the bridges are completed and opened,” Cr Richardson said.

The $5.17 million project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government and the New South Wales Government.

The other bridges being replaced are Parkers Bridge, James Bridge, O'Meara's Bridge and Scarrabelottis Bridge.