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

Beames Brooke Bridge to be a beauty

Media Release

MM152/2018

06 September 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads
State Member for Miller

Construction has started on the $5.97 million replacement of Beames Brook Bridge on Wills Developmental Road, 27 kilometres south of Burketown, Queensland.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new bridge would better connect regional Gulf of Carpentaria communities.

“The bridge will be a fit-for-purpose structure which will provide safer access for communities and support more efficient freight movement and in turn key regional industries,” Mr McCormack said.

“The replacement is being funded under the Bridges Renewal Program on a 50:50 funding arrangement between the Australian and Queensland Governments.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project formed part of a wider north-west Queensland strategy to improve the reliability of the Northern Australia road network.

“Wills Developmental Road is a key regional link which provides access to the Gulf communities of Burketown and Doomadgee and is essential for freight, industry and tourism,” Mr Bailey said.

“The new bridge and its approaches will be longer and wider than the original, significantly improving safety and efficiency levels.”

Community members are being encouraged to get involved and make their mark on history by providing suggestions on what the new structure should be called.

To suggest a name for the bridge visit: https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/B/Beames-Brook-Bridge-replacement/Help-name-the-new-bridge-over-Beames-Brook.

An average of 19 direct jobs will be supported during construction, which is expected to be complete in November 2018, weather permitting.

For further information about the Bridges Renewal Program visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/bridges_renewal.aspx.