New bridge for Gundiah under Bridges Renewal Programme
18 January 2016
The ageing Gutchy Creek Bridge at Gundiah will be replaced with a new two-lane concrete structure thanks to $1.144 million in Australian Government funding under Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
Acting Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss joined the local community to announce funding for the new bridge.
“This project will replace a one-lane, 10 tonne limit timber bridge with a two-lane, 40 tonne limit concrete bridge which will be 28 metres long,” Mr Truss said.
“Gutchy Creek divides the Gundiah community and these improvements will save heavy vehicles a 78 kilometre detour at a cost of $1,200 per load and improve access and response times for emergency services by removing a 35 kilometre detour.”
“The Coalition Government has announced $100 million to fund improvements to 164 bridges around Australia to help deliver economic benefits to communities through Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
“This latest funding is in addition to the $110 million committed under Round One of the Programme.
“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia's local bridges, and give councils the support they need to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement.
“As the closest tier of government to Australians, local governments play a critical role in maintaining and developing the nation's social and economic fabric.
“That's why we are continuing to support funding to councils—we understand that local communities are the backbone of Australia, and local governments are key to those communities' ongoing growth and prosperity.
“By upgrading these bridges, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be also be able to pass safely along quicker routes which improves their productivity.”
More on the Bridges Renewal Programme, including a full list of successful Round Two projects and details on the application process, is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.
Gutchy Creek Bridge is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $1.144 million and the Fraser Coast Regional Council $1.144 million.