Australian Government renewing 29 bridges across New South Wales

Media Release

WT033/2015

13 February 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Twenty-nine bridges across New South Wales will be upgraded under the first tranche of the Australian Government's new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss was in Dubbo today to announce that $25.8 million in federal funds will be pumped into local NSW bridges—matched by funding proponents—to improve the state's road network.

“The Australian Government received over 100 proposals from New South Wales, highlighting the importance that bridges play in local communities,” Mr Truss said.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster productivity of Australia's local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement.

“By upgrading these bridges from, for example, by replacing one-lane timber bridges with two-lane concrete bridges, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be able to pass safely along quicker routes with greatly improve productivity.

“It's a classic win-win situation. That's why the Coalition Government identified local bridge upgrades and repairs as a national priority.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said councils would play a vital role in delivering the upgrades.

“The value of these upgrades in small communities is directly reflected by the quality of proposals received from local councils, with 28 of the 29 NSW successful projects being from councils across the state,” Mr Gay said.

“Councils will play a significant role in managing these projects, and in ensuring these bridges can continue to contribute to productivity and community access.

“One example is the Harpary Bridge near Narrabri, which on completion will improve access to the Maules Creek Coal Mine and the nearby agricultural area, ultimately contributing to NSW and the national economy.”

The Australian Government is committing $105 million over Round One of the Bridges Renewal programme, committing a total of $300 million over five years from 2014–15.

See ‘Attachment A’ below for a list of each of the 29 NSW projects.

Attachment A: Bridges Renewal Programme projects—New South Wales

ProponentProject name and locationProject descriptionAustralian Government funds
($000s)
Total project cost ($000s)
Wingecarribee Shire Council Caalong Bridge, Caalong St, Robertson Replace a one lane timber bridge with two lane concrete bridge. 382 765
Carrathool Shire Council Carrathool Bridge, Carrathool Rd, over the Murrumbidgee River, 60kms east of Hay. Replace a one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge. 7,500 15,000
Eurobodalla Shire Council Candlagan Creek Bridge, Coronation Drive, Broulee. Replace the existing structure with a new bridge. 1,097 2,193
Mid-Western Regional Council Green Gully on the Queens Pinch Rd, Queens Pinch, 22kms south of Mudgee. Replace a one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge 326 652
Upper Lachlan Shire Council Abercrombie River Bridge on the Goulburn/Oberon Rd between Oberon and Goulburn Replace a one lane timber bridge with two lane concrete bridge 762 1,525
Corowa Shire Council Hopefield Rd Bridge, Hopefield Rd, 20kms north of Corowa Widening of existing concrete culvert bridge and adjustment to approaches. 255 515
Greater Taree City Council Potts Bridge on Comboyne Rd, 7kms north of Wingham Replace a timber bridge with reinforced concrete box culverts. 150 300
Gundagai Shire Council Gobarralong Bridge, on Gobarralong Rd, 9.3kms east from the Hume Hwy at Coolac Replace a flood damaged bridge with a new bridge. 1,046 2,592
Warrumbungle Shire Council Mow Creek Bridge, on Warrumbungle Way, 25kms south of Coonabarabran Replace a floodway with concrete bridge. 400 1,100
Bombala Council Parsonage Creek Bridge, approx. 2kms west of Bombala on the Delegate Rd Strengthening and widening of existing bridge for timber /logging vehicles. 247 494
Cabonne Shire Council Hanover Bridge, Banjo Patterson Way, 60kms NW of Orange Replace an existing one lane timber bridge with a dual lane concrete bridge with improved alignment and load capacity. 945 1,890
Goulburn Mulwaree Council Kippilaw Bridge on Gurrundah Rd over Wollondilly River, 7kms SW of Goulburn Replace a two lane timber bridge with a two lane precast concrete bridge. 937 1,874
Mid-Western Regional Council Butter Factory Bridge, Crudine Creek on the Crudine Rd, 63kms south of Mudgee Replace a one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge. 315 630
Upper Hunter Shire Council Starrs crossing on Timor-Crawney Rd, Timor, 60kms north of Scone Replace a one lane wooden bridge with a new one lane concrete bridge. 340 710
Warrumbungle Shire Council Orana Rd Bridge, 20kms south of Coolah on Rd to Dunedoo. Replace a bridge with low level concrete bridge. 225 450
Weddin Shire Council Beazleys Lane Bridge, over the Caragabal Creek, in the Caragabal district, 100kms west of Cowra Replace a one lane timber bridge with a one lane steel and concrete bridge. 50 100
Wingecarribee Shire Council Kirkland Rd Bridge, Kirkland Rd, Kangaloon, 4.3kms north of Robertson Replace an existing timber bridge with a new concrete bridge. 189 378
Glen Innes Severn Shire Council Severn River Bridge on Nine Mile Rd, 25 kms north of Glen Innes Replace a one lane timber bridge with a one lane concrete bridge. 350 700
Tweed Shire Council Anthony's Bridge, on Mistral Rd, Dunbible, at Stokers Rd and Bakers Rd, 4kms south of Murwillumbah Replace a one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge. 950 1,900
Young Shire Council Burrangong Creek Bridge, on Bribbaree Rd, 12kms north of Young Replace a wooden bridge with two lane concrete bridge. 535 1,070
Dungog Shire Council Woerdens Rd Bridge, near Clarence Town, 25kms south of Dungog Replace an existing timber bridge with a one span, dual lane concrete bridge. 325 650
Mid-Western Regional Council Stoney Creek on the Wollar Rd 34kms NE of Mudgee Replace a one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge 410 820
Narrabri Shire Council Harparary Bridge over the Namoi River, Harparary Rd 35kms south of Narrabri Replace a one lane timber, steel and concrete bridge with a two lane concrete bridge. 1,694 3,388
Newcastle City Council Cottage Creek bridge, Hunter St, Newcastle Replace the existing bridge which has significant structural deterioration with a new bridge. 990 1,980
Tamworth Regional Council Catong Gully Bridge on Lower Somerton Rd, Somerton, 35kms NW of Tamworth Replace a one lane timber bridge with a one lane concrete bridge. 170 340
Tenterfield Shire Council Bookookoorara Creek Bridge, Mount Lindesay Rd, 33.75kms north of Tenterfield. Replace a one lane timber bridge with a two lane structure (box culverts) on a new alignment. 350 700
Uralla Shire Council Abington Creek Bridge, 54 kms NW of Uralla on Thunderbolts Way. Replace a timber bridge with two lane concrete bridge and Rd alignment. 705 1,410
Lismore City Council Wilson St Bridge link, Hollingsworth Creek, South Lismore. A new bridge over Hollingsworth Creek. 875 1,750
Roads and Maritime Services Lansdowne Bridge, near the intersection of Bungonia Road and Forbes St and 2km east of the city centre of Goulburn Replacement of Lansdowne Bridge 3,250 6,500