Building council bridges across the nation

Media Release

WT195/2015

02 July 2015

The Australian Government is inviting applications for the second round of its popular $300 million Bridges Renewal programme. The programme is designed to improve access for communities and deliver greater productivity for the nation.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the second round of the programme will provide $100 million, which will be available only for local government projects.

The Australian Government will cover up to 50 per cent of the costs to renew and replace bridges as part of its commitment to building connectivity and productivity.

The second round will be open for proposals until 31 August 2015, with successful projects to be selected through a competitive, merit-based process.

“Round Two will provide up to $100 million in funding to local councils, including the ACT Government, with successful projects to be selected as part of a competitive merit-based process,” Mr Truss said.

“The second round of funding for the Bridges Renewal programme is now open for proposals until 31 August 2015.

“The success of Round One has seen more than $100 million in projects approved, with many projects now starting construction all over the nation.

“Councils are encouraged to discuss priorities with local communities, relevant industry stakeholders, Regional Development Australia committees and state road agencies early in the process.”

To find out more about applying for the Bridges Renewal Programme visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/Bridgesrenewal/Index.aspx.