Australian Government renewing five bridges across Tasmania

Media Release

WT050/2015

27 February 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Five bridges across Tasmania 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 said that $4.5 million in federal funds will be pumped into local Tasmanian bridges—matched by funding proponents—to improve the state's road network.

“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,” Mr Truss said.

“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 improved productivity.

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

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding 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 three of the four successful projects in Tasmania being from councils across the state,” Mr Hidding 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 Westmoor Bridge near Cressy, which on completion will increase flood immunity and improve access to local agriculture, ultimately contributing to Tasmania and the national economy.”

The Australian Government is committing $114 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 more details on these four Tasmanian projects.

Attachment A: Bridges Renewal Programme projects—Tasmania

Proponent Name Project Name and Location Project Description AG Funds ($000s) Total Project Cost ($000s)
Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Two bridges on Esk Main Road, Avoca, 90kms SE of Launceston. Replace 2 understrength bridges on Esk Main Rd (culvert at Fingal and St Pauls River Bridge at Avoca) to maintain HML and HPV status. 3,335 6,670
  Total State Government funding 3,335 6,670
Dorset Council Weld River Bridge, Frome Rd, Moorina, 46kms due west of Scottsdale. Replace one lane timber bridge with a concrete bridge. 104 208
Huon Valley Council Kent Beach Rd, Dover, 80kms south of Hobart Renewal of bridge. 149 279
Northern Midlands Council Westmoor Bridge on Powranna Rd, Cressy, 12kms from the Midland Highway and 46kmss south of Launceston Replace a wooden one lane bridge with elevated, two lane concrete bridge 922 1,844
Total Local Government funding 1,175 2,331