Proposals flood in for Bridges and Heavy Vehicles programmes

Media Release

WT161/2014

03 September 2014

More than 420 proposals from across Australia have been received for projects under the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme (BRP) and the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme (HVSPP).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said proposals covering more than 270 bridges and 150 heavy vehicle projects were received from state, territory and local governments by 28 August 2014—the closing date for the current round of the programmes.

“The government is pleased to have received proposals for these important programmes from all the states and territories across Australia,” Mr Truss said.

“The level of interest demonstrates that all levels of government value and understand the importance of upgrading bridges and improving the safety and productivity of heavy vehicles.

Round One of the BRP and Round Four of the HVSPP will focus on projects that are well developed, with planning and approvals advanced so construction can start this financial year (2014–15).

Mr Truss said the Australian Government will contribute up to 50 per cent of each project's cost, with decisions on successful projects to be made following assessment against the programme criteria by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

“The government looks forward to working with state, territory and local governments on these projects so we can improve the productivity, safety and connectivity of our bridge and road networks,” he said.

The Australian Government has committed $300 million over five years from 2014–15 to the BRP. This funding will help improve bridges serving local communities, and facilitate access for larger, more productive vehicles.

The Australian Government has also committed $200 million in new funding to the HVSPP over the five years from 2014–15, which will improve the productivity and safety of heavy vehicle operations through projects across the country.